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Using the Picture Toolbar in MS Word

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Using the Picture Toolbar in MS Word

If you are using Microsoft Office 2003 or earlier, a Picture Toolbar is available when you are working with an image.

After inserting an image the toolbar may be displayed automatically. If it is not, right click the image and select Show Picture Toolbar.

The table below explains the function of buttons found on the toolbar

Insert an image with this button. Using the button is the same as going to the Insert menu and selecting Picture / From File.

Edit the color of the image. Change the image to grayscale, black and white, or washout. Washout could be used to make a watermark.

Increase the contrast of an image. Each step upward will make the image somewhat brighter. Experiment with an image. The far right button on this toolbar will allow you to quickly reset the image back to its' original condition.

Decrease the contrast of an image. Each step downward will make the image somewhat darker. Remember, the far right button on this toolbar will allow you to quickly reset the image back to its' original condition.

Increase the brightness of an image. Each step upward will make the image somewhat brighter. Experiment with an image to see how this is different from contrast.

Decrease the contrast of an image. Each step downward will make the image somewhat darker. Experiment with an image to see how this is different from contrast.

Crop the image. Use this to cover some portion of an image (or clip art) which is not needed on the document. This is not the same as cutting part of the image, remember the restore button.

Rotate an image. Important note: this button will not work if your image is surrounded by black squares. The default setting for an inserted image is 'in line with text,' and must be changed before the image can be rotated. Text wrapping is done using the button.

Line style can be used to place a border around an image. Important note: this button will not work if your image is surrounded by black squares. The default setting for an inserted image is 'in line with text,' and must be changed before the image can be rotated. Text wrapping is done using the button.

Compress the image with this button. You may change the resolution of an image or delete any cropped portion of an image.

The text wrapping default setting in MS Word is 'in line with text.' This button can be used to change text wrapping style. Once you have selected any style other than 'in line with text,' you will see white circles around a selected image (rather than black squares) and you can move the image anywhere on the page. Experiment with Edit Wrap Points to produce some interesting visual effects when an image is displayed in a block of text.

This button opens the Format Picture dialog box which allows you to make changes to Colors and Lines, Size of the picture, Layout (text wrapping) or other things about the image, such as percentage of transparency.

Set transparent color by placing the tip of the black triangle on a color in the image. The most common use for this button is to remove a block of white found around many clip art images. As long as the background is also white you do not notice the white box. However, on any colored background the effect of removing this box can be dramatic. Only one transparent color can be set.

Reset the picture to its' original condition.

If you are using MS Office 2007 or later the toolbar has been replaced with a Picture Tools area which includes all of the actions explained above and more.

 

 

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