Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Drawing a Curve.

Drawing a Curve

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 5, 2014)

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If you want to insert a curved line in your Word document, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Shapes tool in the Illustrations group. Word displays a palette of different shape categories.
  3. In the Lines group, click on the Curve option. (Make sure you choose Curve, near the right side of the available lines. Don't click the Curved Connector option.) Word changes the mouse point to a cross-hair indicator.
  4. Click at the point in your document where you want the curve to begin.
  5. Click at each point where you want the line to curve.
  6. When you reach the place where you want the curve to end, double-click.

To get exactly the curve you want may take a bit of practice on your part. Once a curve is placed in your document, it is treated the same as any other graphic image.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8181) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Drawing a Curve.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is eight more than 8?

2014-04-05 10:47:09

E Nora

For an interesting margin or space within a document, place the curved line where needed, set wrap to tight, set line color to white. For fine tuning, you can then set wrap style to "edit wrap points" and tweak the perimeters of the space around the line, thus adjusting where the text will stop and start.


2014-04-05 10:14:02

elmer

Thank you. Could have used tis many times, just didn't know how.


2014-04-05 09:57:58

OBX

Wow. I could have used this many times in the past. Very helpful when you put an arrow at the end of the line.


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