How To Use Draw

Written by on February 9, 2012 in Graphics, Open Office - Comments Off

How To Use DrawThe Draw interface consists of a large area in the middle of the window where you do your drawings. You can strategically place toolbars surrounding the drawing area as well as information areas. Depending with your task in hand and preferences, the positioning and the set number of visible tools may vary. Thus, your preferential setup may look different. For instance, some users place the main Drawing toolbar to the left of the workspace while others may put it at the bottom.

In Draw, you can separate drawings over a number of pages for presentations. The Pages pane, found on the left side window delivers an overview of all pages that you make. If you do see the Pages pane on your setup, go to the View menu “View > Page Pane” to enable it. To make necessary changes to the page sequence, perform the ‘drag and drop’ function on target pages. The maximum size of a drawing page in Open Office Draw 3 is 300 cm by 300 cm.


You should see the numbered bars or the rulers on the left-hand and top sides of your workspace. If not, go to the View menu “View > Ruler” to enable it. The rulers display a selected object’s size on the page. When no object is chosen, the rulers show the position of the mouse pointer, which aids in positioning your drawing objects correctly. Rulers may also be used to manage object guide lines and handles, making the task of positioning objects easier. In the drawing area, the page margins are also exemplified on the rulers. By dragging the rulers with your mouse, you can directly alter the margins to suit your preference.

The Status Bar

The Status bar, at the lower part of the screen includes a number of specific fields.  The Information field displays what action is being performed or shows the object type selection. The Position field displays various information on selected objects such as:

  • In an object selection, a double-click action opens the Size and Position dialog.
  • When no object is chosen, the “left number pair” displays the position of the cursor.
  • While resizing an object with your mouse, the “right number pair” displays the width and height of the object. Sizes are shown in the current measurement unit defined in “Tools > Options > Draw > General”. In here, you can likewise alter the page’s scale. Another way to alter the scale of a page is to ‘double-click’ the number displayed in the status bar.
  • If there is no object selection, the “left number pair” displays the X,Y coordinates of the “upper-left corner”, and the “right number pair” shows the object size. These numbers relate to the selection outline and not to the object. The selection outline is the minutest possible rectangle that is able envelop visible portion of the object.

The Indicator Field. In the Indicator field, an displayed asterisk can be seen whenever a change is performed to the document and has not been saved to the disk. If you want to sign the document digitally, a right-click or double-click in the Signature field pops up the signature box. A document must be saved first before signing it. An indicator will be visible in this field, after the document is signed.

The Slide Field. The Slide field displays the number sequence for the current drawing page, plus the total number of pages that you have created. This is helpful when you are drawing several pages. If you choose an object, the field inside the parentheses displays the layer wherein the object is positioned within the drawing.

The Template field. The Template field displays what page template is currently used on a page. If you have saved a number of slide designs, you can choose one for the current work by a ‘double-click’ in this field and choosing Load after selecting a slide design.

The Vertical Bar. The vertical bar in the center of the Zoom slider exemplifies a 100%zoom factor. To alter the magnification view, click on the + and – signs, drag the Zoom slider, or right-click the Zoom level percent to display the pop up list of magnification values. Double-click the zoom level percent to open the “Zoom & View Layout dialog”.

Related posts:

  1. Open Office Draw – Toolbars
  2. What is Open Office Draw?
  3. Open Office Draw Features

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