Working with Objects and Object Points

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This is Chapter 3 of 2.x Draw Guide (second edition), produced by the OOoAuthors group. A PDF of this chapter is available from the OOoAuthors Guides page at


This chapter looks at the tools and functions that let you modify existing drawings. All of the functions apply to the selected object or group of objects. The selected object or group can be distinguished from others by small colored squares or circles located around the object (this is also true when several objects are selected simultaneously). These points are called handles.

The handles form a rectangular frame that is just big enough to contain the object. Where several objects are selected, the frame around them corresponds to the smallest rectangle that can contain all of the objects. This frame is called the selection rectangle.

If the Options Bar is displayed (View > Toolbars > Options to turn it on if it is not displayed), you can change the size of the handles using two buttons: Simple Handles shows the handles as flat squares, and Large Handles shows the handles in a larger size. You can combine the effects obtained by pressing on both buttons and thus have large handles having a 3D shape or small handles having no 3D shape, whichever suits your needs or preferences. The figure below shows the location of the handles and other buttons.

Figure 1: Location of handles on Draw toolbar.

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