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How to Create a Thin Rectangle in the NEW Canva Interface

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Sometimes the simplest things can drive you crazy – like trying to figure out how to make a thin rectangle in the new Canva interface.

It is actually really easy to do – but they don't make it easy for you to figure out.

Crazy, I know.

Watch the Video Tutorial

It is easier for me to show you how to do it – so I made this quick video to explain the process.

If you would rather read the tutorial, just keep scrolling below.

Step 1: Find the Rectangle Outline in Shapes

Go to Elements and then Shapes in the left hand menu bar.

Scroll down through the shapes until you see the outline of a thin white rectangle.

Click on this element (it's free) to add it to your workspace.

What you will notice is that when you drag a circle in the corner of this rectangle – the rectangle will become bigger and the line will become thicker.

This is not what you want it to do, right?

Step 2: Make the Rectangle Smaller

What you need to do at this point is to click on a circle in the bottom right corner and drag it to make the rectangle as small as you can – but keep it large enough that you can still see the vertical grab bars that will appear on either side.

Step 3: Use the Vertical Grab Bars and then the Horizontal Grab Bars to Resize Your Rectangle

Now, use the vertical grab bars to make your rectangle wider and then use the horizontal grab bars that appear to make your rectangle longer.

DO NOT use the circles to resize your rectangle.

When you use the grab bars, the thickness of the rectangle will remain thin.

Adjust The Thickness

One more little note.

Let's say that you don't want the rectangle to be as thin as the one in the image above.

Remember this rule – the smaller you shrink down your rectangle in Step 2, the thinner the rectangle will be.

So, if you want the lines to be slightly thicker then in Step 2 keep the size of your rectangle a bit larger than mine.

You may need experiment with this a few times by adding new rectangles to your workspace and resizing them.

It's Easy!

And there you have it – a thin rectangle in Canva.

Simply add the rectangle outline element to your workspace, use the circle in a corner to make it smaller and then use the vertical and horizontal grab bars to make the rectangle bigger.

Your rectangle lines will stay thin.

Please tell me that I am not the only one having trouble figuring this out!

And make me feel better by pinning the image below, please.

What are some of things that have you perplexed in Canva?

Share in the comments below.

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Friday 25th of September 2020

Life saver! Something that should be easy is so hard to figure out. Thank you!

Neena Nandagopal

Friday 2nd of October 2020

You are welcome!


Thursday 10th of September 2020

Oh, my word, thank you SO much for this tutorial! I've searched forever to be able to figure this out and no one has made it clearer than you have. I'm not a Canva newbie but I simply couldn't figure this one out on my own. Thank you, thank you!

Neena Nandagopal

Thursday 10th of September 2020

Hi Allison, I am so happy this helped you - thank you for letting me know!


Saturday 5th of September 2020

Wow, it really should not be this hard. I am disappointed with the new interface. Thank you for making this post. I wasted so much time trying to figure it out on my own!

Neena Nandagopal

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Hi Ginger, Happy to help!


Sunday 6th of October 2019

I went to elements, searched rectangle frame... and was not able to find the thin green rectangle! Any other suggestions to find this? Thanks!

Neena Nandagopal

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Hi Hannah,

I know this reply is very, very late but yes, Canva changed the interface. The good news is that you can still create a thin rectangle. I just updated this post to show the new instructions. I hope this helps.


Thursday 27th of August 2020

@Hannah, ME EITHER!! Its driving me crazy, that I can't adjust something so simple as the dimensions of a rectangle to be thinner or longer! Please help if you can Almost Practical!


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Ohh my heck! Thank you SO SO much! You are right. Sometimes it is the simplest things that elude us.

Neena Nandagopal

Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Hi Vicky,

You are welcome!

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