Sketchy Shapes for Office apps helps you show something is still a draft

What you need to know

  • Sketchy Shapes allows you to convert clean lines into hand-drawn lines in Office apps.
  • The feature helps indicate something is a draft without using a watermark.
  • The feature is available to Insiders on the latest versions of Windows and Mac.

Sketchy Shapes is a new Office feature that allows users to convert clean lines into lines that appear hand-drawn. The feature is intended to allow users to indicate that work is still a draft without having to include a watermark. Though, nothing is stopping a user from using the feature because they like the look of hand-drawn shapes instead of perfect lines. Microsoft outlines the new feature in a blog post (opens in new tab) (via Neowin).

While shapes are converted to Sketchy Shapes, you can still change their size, color, and other aspects such as how wide the head of an arrow is. When you're done with Sketchy Shapes, you can switch the shapes back to a "professional" look, and all the changes will transfer over.

Sketchy Shapes is available to Fast Insiders running Windows 10 version 1907 and Mac Insider Fast users running 16.28. The specific build number for Windows is 1907 (Build 11901.20018) which hasn't rolled out (opens in new tab) to Insiders yet.

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