Inserting a Graphic

Adding a graphic to your document is really just a matter of identifying the place in the document where you want to place the picture and then selecting a specific graphic file. Word provides you with a large clip-art gallery of ready-made graphics (in the Windows metafile format, .wmf), and you can also place images into your document that you find on the World Wide Web, that you receive attached to e-mail messages, that are imported from a scanner or digital camera, and more.

Word also embraces several graphic file formats, including the following file types:

  • CompuServe GIF (.gif)

  • Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)

  • Various paint programs (.pcx)

  • Tagged Image File format (.tif)

  • Windows bitmap (.bmp)

  • JPEG file interchange format (.jpg)

  • WordPerfect graphics (.wpg)

To add a graphic file to your document, you insert the image using the Insert menu.

Follow these steps to add a graphic to your document:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want to place the graphic in the document.

  2. Select Insert, Picture , and then select From File on the cascading menu. The Insert Picture dialog box appears.

  3. Use the Look In box to locate the drive and folder that contains the picture file. After you locate the picture, click the file to view a preview (see Figure 18.1).

    Figure 18.1. Picture files are inserted using the Insert Picture dialog box.


  4. After you select the picture you want to insert into the document, click Insert in the lower-right corner of the Insert Picture dialog box.

The picture is placed in your document, and the Picture toolbar appears in the document window. The Picture toolbar provides several tools you can use to modify and edit the graphics in your document. See the "Modifying Graphics" section in this lesson for more information on this toolbar.

Probably the first thing you will want to do to any graphic or picture that you insert into a document is to size the image so that it fits better on the page in relation to your text. Most inserted graphics, even those from the Office clip-art library, tend to be inserted into a document in a fairly large size.

To size a graphic, click it to select it. Sizing handles (small boxes) appear on the border of the graphic. Place the mouse on any of these sizing handles. The mouse pointer becomes a sizing tool with arrows pointing in the directions in which you can change the size; drag to size the graphic. To maintain the height/width ratio of the image (so you don't stretch or distort the image), use the sizing handles on the corners of the image and drag diagonally.


Add a Graphic with Copy and Paste You can copy (Ctrl+C) a graphic to the Windows Clipboard from any Windows graphics program that you are running and then paste (Ctrl+V) it into your Word document.

Microsoft Office 2003 All-in-One
Microsoft Office 2003 All-in-One
Year: 2002
Pages: 660
Authors: Joe Habraken

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