Thursday, November 17, 2011

Inserting Graphics

Inserting a graphic (picture or clip art) is easy. Depending on what you do after you insert the graphic can make dealing with it not so easy. Let's start with just inserting a graphic.

Insert Graphic in Running Text

In Word 2003: Select Insert, Picture, and then select Clip Art... or From File...
  • If you select Clip Art..., the Clip Art pane open on the right side of your page. Your system comes with a few pieces of clip art and you can add to the collection. Type a word in the Search For field, and the available clip art appears. Try typing the word line.
  • If you select From File..., the Insert Picture dialog appears and it defaults to the My Pictures folder. You can use the dialog to navigate to and select a picture to add to your document. If you're practicing and don't have any pictures of your own, Word includes a few samples.
In Word 2007/2010: Select Insert, and then select Picture or Clip Art.

  • If you select Picture, the Insert Picture dialog appears and it defaults to the My Pictures folder. You can use the dialog to navigate to and select a picture to add to your document. If you're practicing and don't have any pictures of your own, Word includes a few samples.
  • If you select Clip Art..., the Clip Art pane open on the right side of your page. Your system comes with a few pieces of clip art and you can add to the collection. Type a word in the Search For field, and the available clip art appears. Try typing the word line.
Displaying More Clip Art
You can go to Microsoft's online clip art website from the Word Clip Art pane. Look at the bottom of the pane and you'll see some additional links. Click the link that tells you it's going to the Microsoft website.
  • Clip art on Office Online
  • Find more at Office.com
In Line With Text
When you simply insert a graphic, Word picks an alignment of In line with text. Sometimes this is what you want; however, sometimes it's not. We're going to talk about additional options in the next post...and that's when the anchors appear and madness begins.

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