Getting Started With OpenOffice Draw

OpenOffice Draw is a free software alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Draw is a vector graphics tool that allows you to communicate using graphics and diagrams.

Just getting started? We’ve compiled some basic OpenOffice Draw tips, tutorials and videos below:

How To Use OpenOffice Draw Toolbars

  • The Function Bar: The Function Bar is displayed as follows:
  • The Object Bar: The Object Bar gives you a preview, and lets you modify the major characteristics of the drawing objects that you are handling. The icons displayed will vary as a function of the object that is selected.
  • The Main Toolbar: This toolbar is the most important in the Draw module. It contains all the necessary functions to enable drawing of various geometric and freehand shapes and for their organization on the page.
    The toolbar is shown here horizontally, but by default it is placed vertically on the left-hand side of the workspace. For example, if you click on the icon representing a rectangle, the following window appears:
  • The Color Bar: This toolbar lets you choose the color you want produced. To display the Color Bar click “View” > “Toolbars” > “Color Bar.”
    The color palette can also be customized by clicking “Format” > “Area” > “Colors” as shown below.
  • The Option Bar: This toolbar contains various functions that can make drawing easier. Unlike the other toolbars, the Option Bar isn’t displayed by default. In order to display this toolbar, click “View” > “Toolbars” > “Option Bar.”
  • The Rulers: Rulers are located to the upper and left-hand side of the screen. These rulers allow you to choose the sizes of objects. The page margins are also represented on the rulers. You can change the margins by clicking and dragging to make them bigger or smaller.
  • The Status Bar: The Status Bar is located at the bottom of the screen. It displays information on the status of your document, like cursor position, object dimensions, page size, etc…