Why I Hate Microsoft Word
I can offer one suggestion, for your line-drawing exercise: After you draw and format the line, right-click on it and select Set as Default Line. Any further lines you draw will maintain the same weight and color until you reset the default. If you keep the line selected, the Drawing Tools | Format tab will be displayed, and the Insert Shapes palette will include a line, which you can select to draw another line, which will have the color and weight you selected as the default. As for the text boxes, you can also format one of those, right-click, and Set as Default Text Box. Text box borders are always on all four sides, but when you select a text box with a line border, for some reason the top and left edges appear heavier. This doesn't happen if the text box is set to No Line, so I'm not sure what the purpose is.