Get rid of Auto Drawing Canvas in Microsoft Word

August 22, 2007 at 7:10 am 19 comments

Question: Have you ever got annoyed by that irritating auto canvas that pops on to your screen when ever you want to insert a shape? Well, I can tell you that it has been driving me crazy!

Auto CanvasOptions Menu


Solution: (This solution is not for Word 2007) To get rid of the auto canvas, you go to ‘Tools‘ in the top menu bar. Then select ‘Options‘ in the drop down menu. Click on the ‘General’ tab‘. The last option under ‘General Options‘ in the auto canvas option. Untick the box and click ‘OK‘. Now you will never have the annoying auto canvas when ever you want to insert an object or shape.


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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alys  |  October 7, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Even when we have unticked the box for drawing canvas we still get one. Is there another fix?

  • 2. 88michael  |  October 10, 2008 at 5:48 am

    @Alys – That’s really strange. I’m not so sure if there is another fix. Perhaps try reinstalling MS Word.

  • 3. Hjordes  |  December 2, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you SO much. This has been driving me NUTS! Great fix, thanks.

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