Rectangles and Ellipses

The rectangle/square and ellipse/circle tools allow you to add mark-up or simple drawings to your documents.

Drawing Rectangles/Ellipses

Choose Tool Rectangle to enable the line tool. Press the left mouse button for the line's starting point in your document, drag the mouse to the desired end point while holding down the pressed left mouse button, then release the button.

To use the arrow tool, select Tool Ellipse from the menu.

Please note that all settings listed below are saved separately for the rectangle and the ellipse tools. Even though these settings are accessed in the same way on the menu or the toolbar, you will see that when you switch between rectangle and ellipse, the proper setting automatically takes effect.
Keep the Ctrl key pressed while drawing a rectangle or ellipse to create the object starting from its center.

Color and Line Width

Under Tool Tool Styles , you can set the Color and Line Width for both tools. You can select from the preset colors and widths, or define an exact color and specify the width in millimeters or inches.

Line Style

Under Tool Tool Styles , you can set the Line Style for both tools. You can select from a variety of solid, dashed and dotted line types.

Background Color

Under Tool Tool Styles you can also designate the Background Color for the ellipse or rectangle. You can also select Transparent. Set the Opacity level to create semi transparent objects.

Square/Rectangle and Circle/Ellipse

This switch is especially useful to draw exact squares or ellipses. You switch between the options by choosing Square, Rectangle, Circle or Ellipse under Tool Tool Styles.

Square/Circle can also be activated temporarily by keeping the Shift key pressed while drawing.

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