CorelDRAW workspace tools

Application commands are accessible through the menu bar, toolbars, toolbox, property bar, and Docker windows (Windows) and palettes (Mac OS). The property bar and Docker windows/palettes provide access to commands that relate to the active tool or current task. The property bar, Docker windows/palettes, toolbars, and toolbox can be opened, closed, and moved around your screen at any time.

You can customize many of these workspace tools to suit your needs. For more information, see "Customizing your application" in the Help .

Standard toolbar

The standard toolbar contains buttons that are shortcuts to many of the menu commands.

On Windows, the standard toolbar displays by default. To display the standard toolbar on Mac OS, see "To customize toolbar position and display" in the Help .

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

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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



Set a zoom level


(Windows) Start Corel applications


(Windows) Launch to Corel Graphics Community Web site

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" in the Help.

The table below describes toolbars other than the standard 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


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

(Windows) Visual Basic® for Applications

Contains commands for editing, testing,

and running VBA commands

(Mac OS) You can add or remove toolbars by clicking Window ► Toolbars ► More toolbars, and enabling or disabling a toolbar.

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 pi J . 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 il . J- i v ^

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

Zoom & ':.

Lets you access the Zoom and Hand tools

Curve 1 a

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

Rectangle J .J

Lets you access the Rectangle and 3 point rectangle tools

Ellipse O

Lets you access the Ellipse and 3 point ellipse tools

Object _■

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

Perfect Shapes™ Re^ ■■. -:

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



Interactive tools u/Dl j ij ■

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

Eyedropper J*

Lets you access the Eyedropper and Paintbucket tools

Outline H

Lets you access the Color Docker window/palette, Outline pen and the Outline color dialog boxes, and a selection of outlines of various widths

Fill H. HFRJIfl K ^

Lets you access the Color Docker window/palette, Fill color, Fountain fill, Pattern fill, Texture fill, and PostScript® fill dialog boxes

Interactive fill t ff

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 Knife tool lets you cut through objects.

The Eraser tool lets you remove areas of your drawing.


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The Smudge brush tool lets you distort an vector object by dragging along its outline and distort a bitmap by dragging outside its path.

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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




The Rectangle tool lets you draw rectangles and squares.


The 3 point rectangle tool lets you draw a rectangle by dragging to create the rectangle baseline and clicking to define its height.


The Ellipse tool lets you draw ellipses and circles.

The 3 point ellipse tool lets you draw an ellipse by dragging to create the center line of the ellipse and clicking to define its height.

The Polygon tool lets you draw symmetrical polygons and stars.


The Spiral tool lets you draw symmetrical and logarithmic spirals.


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


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.

A The Star 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.


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


The Interactive transparency tool lets you apply transparencies to objects.


The Eyedropper tool lets you select a fill from an object on the drawing window.


The Paintbucket tool lets you fill an object on the drawing window after selecting a fill using the Eyedropper tool.


The Interactive fill tool lets you apply various fills.

Property bar

The property bar displays the most commonly used functions that are relevant to the active tool or to the task you're 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.

You can customize the contents and position of the property bar to suit your needs. For more information, see "Customizing the property bar" in the Help.

Docker windows and palettes

Docker windows (Windows) and palettes (Mac OS) display the same type of controls as a dialog box, such as command buttons, options, and list boxes. Unlike most dialog boxes, you can keep Docker windows/palettes 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 window/palette. When this Docker window/palette is open, you can click an object in the drawing window and view formatting, dimensions, and other properties of the object.

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

Status bar

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

See "Customizing the status bar" in the Help for information about customizing the contents and appearance of the status bar.

The graphic below shows some of the information displayed in a status bar.

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