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Duplicating Drawing Objects

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 10, 2017)


The objects you create using the Drawing toolbar are made up of two types of objects—text and graphics. Many times you will have a need to duplicate an object in your drawing. You do this by using the Clipboard.

All you need to do is select the object (or objects) you wish to duplicate and then copy them to the Clipboard. This is most easily done by just pressing Ctrl+C. Paste the objects back into your drawing (Ctrl+V) and then move them to the desired position.

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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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2017-06-21 21:31:03


I agree with the Ctrl+D alternative.
To my experience, in Word 2013, using Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V duplicates my Office Shapes from Drawing object to Picture object.
This does not happen with Ctrl+D.

2017-06-10 15:29:36

Lee Batchelor

Sorry Andrew. I didn't see your comment :)! Thanks for verifying.

- Lee

2017-06-10 15:28:32

Lee Batchelor

Allen, I believe you can also use Ctrl+D. Doing so duplicates the graphic after you select it.

2017-06-10 06:12:20


Alternatively, Ctrl+D duplicates drawing objects in a single step.

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