Sketchy Shapes for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

By Office Feature PM on July 3, 2019

Hey Insiders!

My name is Jessica and I am a Program Manager on the Office Graphics team.

When I’m working in Office, sometimes it’s hard to express work-in-progress diagrams and models without throwing up a big watermark that says “DRAFT” on your content.

Example UX design with a draft watermark

So we built in a new style that helps convey that sense of in-progress work that should be taken as a sketch of what you’re proposing.

And because it’s an Office style on top of Office shapes, it’s easy to quickly go from a draft to professional look in seconds! You can iterate with a colleague and make changes back and forth while with a sketchy style. And when you’re done, you can just remove that sketchy style and show it as a final design, ready to be shared.

Introducing: Sketchy Shapes! It’s an outline style that lets you play around with your shapes to give them a bit more personality.

Creating a Draft: Apply a Sketchy Outline

Build your slide and select the shapes you want to apply a sketchy style to. Go to the Shape Format tab and then the Shape Outline dropdown. Hover over the Sketchy” options and select one of the sketchy line styles.

Example UX design with the sketchy shape style applied

Going Back to Professional: Remove the Sketchy Outline

Select the shapes you want. Go to the Shape Format tab and then the Shape Outline dropdown. Hover over the Sketchy options and select None.

Example UX design with the sketchy shape style un-applied

Now you have your clean looking professional version, ready to go.

Tips and Tricks

Set a Sketchy default

If you’re working on a bunch of sketches, rather than applying a sketchy style to each shape as you go, you can set the sketchy shape styles as your default shape.

Menu showing how to set the default shape type

This will make it so that every new shape you create has the same sketchy style applied.

Sketchy Icons

Want some sketched out icons?

Office icons in the standard and sketchy styles

Insert an icon, select it, then use Office’s Convert to Shape feature to turn your icons into Office shapes. Then you can apply any sketchy style you want.

Menu showing the convert to shape button

Sketchy Lines

Want some scribbles?

Examples of lines with the sketchy shape style applied

Use a free form shape to draw a line, then apply a sketchy style to it.

Menu showing the sketchy shape option

How to Get It

Sketchy shapes is available in Insiders on Windows Desktop starting with 1907 (Build 11901.20018) and on Mac Insider Fast starting with 16.28 (19070300). Sketchy Shapes is available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and requires an Office 365 subscription.

Feedback

We are actively working on this feature in Office, and your feedback is key to guiding improvements. Let us know what you think and submit your feedback using the Send-a-Smile (🙂) and Send-a-Frown (🙁) buttons (in the top right)! My team reads all feedback that filters our way, and we greatly appreciate your input!

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