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Frequently Asked Questions about Word

Documents and templates

Headers and footers and page numbers

Find-and-replace

A few words about Word's draw layer

Working with graphics

Printing

Customizing Word

Unexpected behavior

Miscellaneous How-To . . .

How Word Differs from WordPerfect

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Working with graphics

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Unlink a linked graphic that is floating over the text.

Unlink a linked graphic that is inline with the text:

Capture screen images and place them into a Word document.

Linked floating graphics don't show up in the Edit Links dialog box.

Select a graphic that has been sent behind text.

Unlink a linked graphic that is floating over the text. <Top of Page>

Solution:
Unfloat the graphic, unlink it, then refloat it:
1. Right-click the illustration and choose Format Picture.
2. Click the Position tab and uncheck Float Over Text and click OK.
3. Choose Links on the Edit Menu.
4. Select the illustration in the list of links, if not already selected, then click Break Link and click OK.
5. Right-click the illustration and choose Format Picture.
6. Click the Position tab and check Float Over Text and click OK.

Unlink a linked graphic that is inline with the text: <Top of Page>

Solution:
1. Choose Links on the Edit Menu.
2. Select the illustration in the list of links, if not already selected, then click Break Link and click OK.

Capture screen images and place them into a Word document. <Top of Page>

Solution:
1. Copy the screen to the clipboard by pressing Print Screen
2. Start an image editor program. You can use Paint (located under accessories on the Start|Programs menu) if you need to.
3. Set the image editor's image size to 1024X768 or whatever size your screen capture is. (Use Attributes on the Image menu if you're using Paint.)
4. Paste the clipboard into the image editor.
5. Save the image to disk as a bitmap or some other format.
>Another thing that you can do if the document is only ever going to be
>printed out in black and white is save it as a monochrome bit map. It
>greatly reduces the file size. --Doug Robbins
6. Start Word.
7. Choose Picture|From File on the Insert menu.
8. Select the desired file, select float over text if desired, then click Insert.
This works quite well and allows you to keep file size to a minimum when desired, plus it gives you the option of organizing your screen capture files into folders by project.

Linked floating graphics don't show up in the Edit Links dialog box. <Top of Page>

Solution:
If the graphics are floating over text, you don't have a problem. Word is indeed linking your floating graphics. The links don't show up in the EditLinks dialog because they aren't editable. (Now that's a problem! If you need to edit the link for a floating graphic, you have to temporarily unfloat it, then edit the link and refloat it.)

Select a graphic that has been sent behind text. <Top of Page>

Solution:
If the Drawing toolbar isn't visible, right-click any other toolbar and choose Drawing. The Drawing toolbar includes a graphic selection tool that looks like a larger-than-normal hollow white selection arrow. Simply click on this tool, then drag a rectangle around the graphic. This will select it even if it is situated behind the text. (After selecting the graphic, press Escape or click the graphic selection tool a second time to deselect it.)