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Microsoft Office 2007

Overview of Clip Art

In addition to the clip art available within your Office 2007 program, clip art is stored in two other locations: on the campus network and on the Web. For more information on accessing clip art on the Web, refer to Importing Clip Art from the Web.

After you choose the source of your clip art, finding the appropriate piece is easy. The Clip Art Gallery can be searched using keywords, or you can browse through clip art grouped into categories (e.g., animals, buildings, or food). For more information on using clip art, refer to Using Clip Art.

Once the clip art is inserted into the document, it can be manipulated using common Office 2007 features. The remainder of this document discusses the features available to modify clip art.

return to topCommon Command Tab Buttons

Clip art added to your Office document can be modified from the Picture Tools command tab. The following is a list of common command tab buttons and their functions.

HINT: If you are unsure of the function of a command tab button that is not listed here, simply hold your mouse pointer over the button (without clicking), and a ScreenTip will appear with a short description of the button.

Button Name Function
Picture Insert Picture Inserts a picture from a file
Clip Art button Clip Art Opens the Clip Art task pane, which provides offline and online searching for clip art to add to your document.
Brightness button Brightness Makes all color shades proportionately darker or lighter
Contrast Button Contrast Adjusts the difference between the darkest and lightest colors in the object
Recolor button Recolor Changes the color scheme of the object
Compress Picture button Compress Pictures Reduces image file size (i.e., compresses)
Change Picture button Change Picture Replace current image with another image that you choose
Reset Picture Reset Picture Restores an altered image to its original size and color scheme
Picture Shape button Picture Shape Bounds image to a shape that you choose
Picture Border button Picture Border Adds a border to your image; provides border customization options
Picture Effects button Picture Effects Applies image effects (e.g., shadow, reflection, glow) that you choose
Position Position Contains options for arranging objects relative to text
Bring to Front button Bring to Front Brings an object to the front of a group of objects; where the objects overlap, this object will be the one seen
Send to Back Button Send to Back Sends an object to the back of a group of objects; where the objects overlap, this object will be hidden by all other objects
Text wrapping Text Wrapping Provides options for alignment of text around objects
Selection Pane button Selection Pane Opens a pane that lets you choose (i.e., select) from various images in your document
Align button Align Provides options for positioning an object relative to other objects and/or relative to the page. Also provides options for showing or hiding grid lines
Group button Group Lets you group several selected images or objects into one image or object
Rotate Tab Rotate Contains options for rotating an object or flipping it along an axis
Crop Button Crop Allows you to cut out unneeded areas of an object
Shape fill Shape Fill Changes the color within an AutoShape
Insert Text Box Text Box Creates a bounded box for text
Thumbnail Auto Thumbnail Creates a thumbnail of the selected object
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