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OpenOffice 3.x Getting Started Guide
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Drawing a circle or ellipse

To draw an ellipse (also called an oval) or a circle, use the Ellipse icon Image:DrawEllipseIcon.png from the Drawing Toolbar. (A circle is simply an ellipse where the two axes are the same length.) The ellipse drawn is the largest ellipse that would fit inside the (imaginary) rectangle drawn with the mouse.

Drawing an ellipse

There are three other ways to draw an ellipse or circle:

  • Hold down the Shift key while drawing to force the ellipse to be a circle.
  • Hold down the Alt key to draw a symmetrical ellipse or circle from the center instead of dragging corner to corner.
  • Hold down the Ctrl key while drawing to snap the ellipse or circle to grid lines.
Image:documentation_note.png If you first press and hold the Control key and then click on one of the icons (Line, Rectangle, Ellipse, or Text), an object is drawn automatically in the work area—the size, shape, and color are all standard values. These attributes can be changed later, if desired.

OpenOffice 3.x Getting Started Guide
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