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CorelDRAW workspace tools

CorelDRAW workspace tools


Application commands are accessible through the menu bar, toolbars, toolbox, property bar, and dockers. The property bar and dockers provide access to commands that relate to the active tool or current task. The property bar, dockers, toolbars, and toolbox can be opened, closed, and moved around your screen at any time.


Standard toolbar


The standard toolbar, which appears by default, contains buttons and controls that are shortcuts to many of the menu commands.

Click this button To

Start a new drawing

Open a drawing

Save a drawing

Print a drawing

Cut selected objects to the Clipboard

Copy selected objects to the Clipboard

Paste the Clipboard contents into a drawing

Undo an action

Restore an action that was undone

Import a drawing

Export a drawing

Start Corel applications

Access the Corel Graphics Community Web site

Set a zoom level


More about toolbars


In addition to the standard toolbar, CorelDRAW has toolbars for specific kinds of tasks. For example, the Text toolbar contains commands relevant to using the Text tool. If you use a toolbar frequently, you can display it in the workspace at all times.

For information about customizing the position, contents, and appearance of toolbars, see "Customizing toolbars."

The following table describes toolbars other than the standard toolbar.



Yahoo! Toolbar

Lets you access services on Yahoo.com, such as Calendar and Mail, and use Yahoo! Search to search the Web. You need an Internet connection to use the Yahoo! Toolbar.


Contains commands for formatting and aligning text


Contains commands for zooming in and out of a drawing page by specifying percentage of original view, clicking the Zoom tool, and selecting a page view


Contains commands for Web-related tools for creating rollovers and publishing to the Internet

Print merge

Contains commands for print merge items that combine text with a drawing such as creating and loading data files, creating data fields for variable text, and inserting print merge fields


Contains commands for skewing, rotating, and mirroring objects

Visual Basic for Applications

Contains commands for editing, testing, and running VBA commands

Exploring the toolbox


Flyouts open to display a set of related CorelDRAW tools. A small arrow in the bottom, right corner of a toolbox button indicates a flyout:

for example, the Shape edit flyout . Clicking a flyout arrow opens a set of related tools. Clicking and dragging the grab handles at the end of the flyout sets the flyout in its expanded form.

The following table provides descriptions of the flyouts and tools in the CorelDRAW toolbox




Shape edit

Lets you access the Shape, Smudge brush, Roughen brush, and Free transform tools

Crop tool

Lets you access the Crop, Knife, Eraser, and Virtual segment delete tools


Lets you access the Zoom and Hand tools


Lets you access the Freehand, Bzier, Artistic media, Pen, Polyline, 3 point curve, Interactive connector, and Dimension tools

Smart tools

Lets you access the Smart fill and Smart drawing tools


Lets you access the Rectangle and 3 point rectangle tools


Lets you access the Ellipse and 3 point ellipse tools


Lets you access the Polygon, Star, Complex Star, Graph paper, and Spiral tools

Perfect Shapes

Lets you access the Basic shapes, Arrow shapes, Flowchart shapes, Banner shapes, and Callout shapes tools

Interactive tools

Lets you access the Interactive blend, Interactive contour, Interactive distortion, Interactive drop shadow, Interactive envelope, Interactive extrude, and Interactive transparency tools


Lets you access the Eyedropper and Paintbucket tools


Lets you access the Outline pen and Outline color dialog boxes, a selection of outlines of various widths, and the Color docker


Lets you access the Fill color, Fountain fill, Pattern fill, Texture fill, and PostScript fill dialog boxes, and the Color docker

Interactive fill

Lets you access Interactive fill and Interactive mesh fill tools




The Pick tool lets you select and size, skew, and rotate objects.

The Shape tool lets you edit the shape of objects.

The Smudge brush tool lets you distort a vector object by dragging along its outline.

The Roughen brush tool lets you distort the outline of a vector object by dragging along the outline.

The Free transform tool lets you transform an object by using the Free rotation, Angle rotation, Scale, and Skew tools.

The Crop tool lets you remove unwanted areas in objects.

The Knife tool lets you cut through objects.

The Eraser tool lets you remove areas of your drawing.

The Virtual segment delete tool lets you delete portions of objects that are between intersections.

The Zoom tool lets you change the magnification level in the drawing window.

The Hand tool lets you control which part of the drawing is visible in the drawing window.

The Freehand tool lets you draw single line segments and curves.

The Bzier tool lets you draw curves one segment at a time.

The Artistic media tool provides access to the Brush, Sprayer, Calligraphic, and Pressure tools.

The Pen tool lets you draw curves one segment at a time.

The Polyline tool lets you draw lines and curves in preview mode.

The 3 point curve tool lets you draw a curve by defining the start, end, and center points.

The Interactive connector tool lets you join two objects with a line.

The Dimension tool lets you draw vertical, horizontal, slanted, or angular dimension lines.

The Smart fill tool lets you create objects from enclosed areas and then apply a fill to those objects.

The Smart drawing tool converts the freehand strokes that you draw to basic shapes and smoothed curves.

The Rectangle tool lets you draw rectangles and squares.

The 3 point rectangle tool lets you draw rectangles at an angle.

The Ellipse tool lets you draw ellipses and circles.

The 3 point ellipse tool lets you draw ellipses at an angle.

The Polygon tool lets you draw symmetrical polygons and stars.

The Star tool lets you draw perfect stars.

The Complex star tool lets you draw complex stars that have intersecting sides.

The Graph paper tool lets you draw a grid of lines similar to that on graph paper.

The Spiral tool lets you draw symmetrical and logarithmic spirals.

The Basic shapes tool lets you choose from a full set of shapes, including hexagram, a smiley face, and a right-angle triangle.

The Arrow shapes tool lets you draw arrows of various shape, direction, and number of heads.

The Flowchart shapes tool lets you draw flowchart symbols.

The Banner shapes tool lets you draw ribbon objects and explosion shapes.

The Callout shapes tool lets you draw callouts and labels.

The Text tool lets you type words directly on the screen as artistic or paragraph text.

The Interactive blend tool lets you blend two objects.

The Interactive contour tool lets you apply a contour to an object.

The Interactive distortion tool lets you apply a Push or Pull distortion, a Zipper distortion, or a Twister distortion to an object.

The Interactive drop shadow tool lets you apply a drop shadow to an object.

The Interactive envelope tool lets you distort an object by dragging the nodes of the envelope.

The Interactive extrude tool lets you apply the illusion of depth to objects.

The Interactive transparency tool lets you apply transparencies to objects.

The Eyedropper tool lets you select and copy object properties, such as fill, line thickness, size, and effects, from an object on the drawing window.

The Paintbucket tool lets you apply object properties, such as fill, line thickness, size and effects, to an object in the drawing window after you select these properties with the Eyedropper tool.

The Outline tool lets you set outline properties.

The Fill tool lets you set the fill properties.

The Interactive fill tool lets you apply various fills.

The Interactive mesh tool lets you apply a mesh grid to an object.


Property bar


The property bar displays the most commonly used functions that are relevant to the active tool or to the task youre performing. Although it looks like a toolbar, the property bar content changes depending on the tool or task.

For example, when you click the Text tool in the Toolbox, the property bar displays only text-related commands. In the example below, the property bar displays text, formatting, alignment, and editing tools.




Dockers display the same types of controls as a dialog box, such as command buttons, options, and list boxes. Unlike most dialog boxes, you can keep dockers open while working on a document, so you can readily access the commands to experiment with different effects.

An example is the Object properties docker. When this docker is open, you can click an object in the drawing window and view formatting, dimensions, and other properties of the object.

Dockers can be either docked or floating. Docking a docker attaches it to the edge of the application window. Undocking a docker detaches it from other parts of the workspace, so it can be easily moved around. You can also collapse dockers to save screen space.

If you open several dockers, they usually appear nested, with only one docker fully displayed. You can quickly display a docker hidden from view by clicking the dockers tab.



Left: Docked and nested dockers. Right: A floating docker. To dock a floating docker, click the dockers title bar, and drag to position the pointer on the edge of the drawing window. To close a docker, click the X button at the top corner; to collapse or expand a docker, click the arrow button at the top corner.


Status bar


The status bar displays information about selected objects (such as color, fill type, and outline, cursor position, and relevant commands).


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Preparing files and objects for Web publishing in CorelDRAW

Publishing to HTML in CorelDRAW

Setting up the project database in CorelDRAW

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Viewing an object data summary in CorelDRAW

Printing your work in CorelDRAW

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Applying print styles in CorelDRAW

Fine-tuning print jobs in CorelDRAW

Printing colors accurately in CorelDRAW

Printing to a PostScript printer in CorelDRAW

Using the Print merge wizard in CorelDRAW

Preparing a print job for a service bureau in CorelDRAW

Working with imposition layouts in CorelDRAW

Printing printers marks in CorelDRAW

Maintaining OPI links in CorelDRAW

Printing color separations in CorelDRAW

Working with color trapping and overprinting in CorelDRAW

Specifying In-RIP trapping settings in CorelDRAW

Printing to film in CorelDRAW

Saving documents as PDF files in CorelDRAW

Including hyperlinks, bookmarks, and thumbnails in PDF files in CorelDRAW

Reducing PDF file size in CorelDRAW

Working with text and fonts when creating PDF files in CorelDRAW

Specifying the encoding format for PDF files in CorelDRAW

Setting the number of fountain steps in PDF files in CorelDRAW

Choosing an EPS file format in CorelDRAW

Choosing a color model for objects in PDF files in CorelDRAW

Preparing PDF files for a service bureau in CorelDRAW

Setting security options for PDF files in CorelDRAW

Viewing preflight summaries for PDF files in CorelDRAW

Optimizing PDF files in CorelDRAW

Inserting linked or embedded objects in CorelDRAW

Editing linked or embedded objects in CorelDRAW

Importing files in CorelDRAW

Exporting files in CorelDRAW

Working with office applications in CorelDRAW

Adobe Illustrator (AI) in CorelDRAW

Windows Bitmap (BMP) in CorelDRAW

Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) in CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW (CDR) in CorelDRAW

Corel Presentation Exchange (CMX) in CorelDRAW


Microsoft Word Document (DOC or RTF) in CorelDRAW

Corel DESIGNER (DSF or DES) in CorelDRAW

AutoCAD Drawing Database (DWG) in CorelDRAW

AutoCAD Drawing Interchange Format (DXF) in CorelDRAW

Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) in CorelDRAW

PostScript (PS or PRN) in CorelDRAW

GIF in CorelDRAW



JPEG 2000 (JP2) in CorelDRAW

Kodak Photo CD Image (PCD) in CorelDRAW


PaintBrush (PCX) in CorelDRAW

Portable Document Format (PDF) in CorelDRAW

HPGL Plotter File (PLT) in CorelDRAW

Portable Network Graphics (PNG) in CorelDRAW

Adobe Photoshop (PSD) in CorelDRAW

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Customizing the Graphic and text styles docker in CorelDRAW

Creating and applying color styles in CorelDRAW

Editing and sorting color styles in CorelDRAW

Moving and copying color styles in CorelDRAW

From Adobe Illustrator to CorelDRAW

Creating, editing, and deleting symbols in CorelDRAW

Using symbols in drawings in CorelDRAW

Managing collections and libraries in CorelDRAW

Sharing symbols between drawings in CorelDRAW

Applying uniform fills in CorelDRAW

Applying fountain fills in CorelDRAW

Applying pattern fills in CorelDRAW

Applying texture fills in CorelDRAW

Applying PostScript texture fills in CorelDRAW

Applying mesh fills in CorelDRAW

Applying fills to areas in CorelDRAW

Working with fills in CorelDRAW

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Creating custom color palettes in CorelDRAW

Opening and editing custom color palettes in CorelDRAW

Setting color palette properties in CorelDRAW

Understanding the Color management dialog box in CorelDRAW

Working with color profiles in CorelDRAW

Choosing advanced color management settings in CorelDRAW

Correcting colors for display in CorelDRAW

Contouring objects in CorelDRAW

Applying perspective to objects in CorelDRAW

Creating vector extrusions in CorelDRAW

Creating bevel effects in CorelDRAW

Creating drop shadows in CorelDRAW

Blending objects in CorelDRAW

Applying transparencies in CorelDRAW

Applying merge modes in CorelDRAW

Applying lenses in CorelDRAW

Editing lenses in CorelDRAW

Specifying the page layout in CorelDRAW

Choosing a page background in CorelDRAW

Adding, renaming, and deleting pages in CorelDRAW

Using the rulers in CorelDRAW

Calibrating the rulers in CorelDRAW

Setting up the grid in CorelDRAW

Setting up guidelines in CorelDRAW

Setting the drawing scale in CorelDRAW

Creating layers in CorelDRAW

Changing layer properties and stacking order in CorelDRAW

Moving and copying objects between layers in CorelDRAW

Adding and selecting text in CorelDRAW

Encoding text in CorelDRAW

Changing the appearance of text in CorelDRAW

Finding, editing, and converting text in CorelDRAW

Aligning and spacing text in CorelDRAW

Shifting and rotating text in CorelDRAW

Moving text in CorelDRAW

Fitting text to a path in CorelDRAW

Formatting paragraph text in CorelDRAW

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Combining and linking paragraph text frames in CorelDRAW

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Inserting formatting codes in CorelDRAW

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