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Microsoft Word 2008

Working with Images

Adding visual components to your documents can enhance or reinforce your message. Images from clip art collections, WordArt, the Internet, or scanned images can be added to your Word documents.

The instructions below show you how to work with images in your Word documents:

return to topAdding Images

Adding images from a variety of sources, including scanned images, images saved from the Internet, and clip art is easy in Word 2008. The extensive Clip Art Gallery provides easy access to images. For more information on adding Clip Art images, refer to Office 2007: Using Clip Art.

  1. Click the location where you want the image to appear

  2. From the Insert menu, select Picture » select From File...
    The Choose a Picture dialog box appears.

  3. Navigate to and select the desired image file

  4. Click INSERT
    The image appears in your document.

return to topPositioning Images

Once you have inserted an image into your document, you can easily position or resize it as needed. For instructions on resizing images, refer to Resizing Objects.

NOTE: In order to drag images freely in Word, the wrapping style of the image must not be In line with text.

  1. Click and hold the center of the image
    The cursor turns into a four-headed arrow when you are able to move the image.

  2. Drag the image to the desired location

  3. Release the mouse button
    The image is has been moved.

return to topWrapping Text

Once you have inserted a picture into your document, you can control the way text will wrap around it. Word 2008 uses the Wrapping Tools from the Formatting Palette to wrap text

NOTE: The Wrapping Tools will appear on the Formatting Palette only if an image has been inserted into the document and is selected.

Wrapping Tool: Formatting Palette

  1. From the Formatting Palette, click WRAPPING
    The Wrapping Tools appear.
    Wrapping section

  2. From the Style pull-down list, select the desired wrapping option
    NOTE: The In Line with Text option forces an image to align with the line of text in which it was inserted, making it impossible to move the image freely. To allow an image to be moved freely within your document, choose an option other than In Line with Text.

return to topPicture Options

Once you have inserted a picture into your document, you have many options to enhance the look of your image. The Picture Tools, Size, Rotation, and Ordering Tools, and Quick Styles and Effects Tools from the Formatting Palette let you change the appearance of your image by providing options such as line style, transparency, contrast, changing color, and cropping.

  1. Select an image

  2. From the Formatting Palette, click the desired toolbar

  3. Select or adjust the desired option

Picture Tools
Allows you to change qualities of the image's appearance (e.g., brightness, contrast, transparency), and also undo any changes you make.
Picture Tools

Quick Styles and Effects Tools
From here you can add effects to an image (e.g., 3-d, shadow, frame).
Quick Styles and Effects Tools

Size, Rotation, and Ordering Tools
Lets you resize, rotate, and change the ordering (e.g., alignment, distribution, layering) of images.
Size, Rotation, and Ordering Tools

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