How to Draw a Hexagon on Excel

By Shawn McClain

Microsoft Excel 2010 is generally used for collecting data within the cells on the spreadsheet, and then manipulating that data in some way. However, you can also use Excel's fairly robust drawing tools to add all kinds of shapes, including a hexagon. The hexagon will appear above the cells of the spreadsheet, and it won't be locked to a specific cell, so you can easily move it across the sheet.

Step 1

Open the Excel 2010 spreadsheet where you want to add your hexagon.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Then click the "Shapes" button under the "Illustrations" heading. A standard hexagon is the ninth shape listed under the "Basic Shapes" heading in the menu that appears. Click the hexagon icon.

Step 3

Click anywhere on the spreadsheet and hold down the mouse button. Drag your mouse down and to the right. You will see the hexagon appear on your screen and grow as you move your mouse. Continue to drag your mouse until the hexagon is as large as you desire, then release the mouse button to create the hexagon.

Step 4

Click anywhere on the hexagon to select it. Then click and hold the mouse button to move the shape across the screen. Once the hexagon is in your desired position, release the button.

Step 5

Click the "Format" tab at the top of the screen to gain access to a host of tools for customizing the look of your hexagon. The "Shape Fill," "Shape Outline" and "Shape Effects" buttons will change the hexagon's main coloring. The two values in the "Size" area of the ribbon will let you make small changes to the size of the hexagon. Finally, the "Bring Forward" and "Send Backward" buttons will adjust the position of the hexagon in relation to other shapes on the spreadsheet.

Step 6

Right-click on the hexagon and choose "Edit Text" to add some text to the middle of your hexagon. If you highlight the text you have written, a small box will appear where you can adjust the color, font and alignment of the text.