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    Create your drawing here (XP)

    Trying to show my wife how to draw an arrow using Word XP on her laptop, every time I clicked the arrow tool on the drawing toolbar a box pops up that says 'Create your drawing here'. For goodness' sake! All I want to do is draw an arrow like I can do in all previous versions of Word I have ever used. You can hit Esc and it goes away, then you can draw your arrow (or text box or whatever). But as soon as you want to do another one the wretched thing pops up again. Is there some way that I can disable this new 'feature'. <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

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    Re: Create your drawing here (XP)

    Thanks for the prompt reply, Stuart, but I have looked at Tools > Options > Edit, and I can't see which box to check or uncheck to alter this particular behaviour. Maybe I'm being stuipid, of course!

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    Re: Create your drawing here (XP)

    Have a look at WD2002: What Is a SHAPE Field and How Is It Inserted into a Document?. The last few lines read...

    To turn off the Drawing Canvas (and to prevent a SHAPE field from being inserted), follow these steps:
    1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
    2. On the General tab, click to clear the Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting autoshapes check box.
    3. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.

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    Re: Create your drawing here (XP)

    Thanks. - Ian

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    Re: Create your drawing here (XP)

    You can set the default behaviour in Tools > Options > Edit
    (Edited by StuartR on 19th December 09:58 UTC) Should be Tools > Options > General > Automatically create drawing canvas

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