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  Tuesday, December 15, 2009 – Permalink –

Change Insert Picture Target

File location


If you would like to specify the folder Word will default to when you go to Inset>Picture:
  1. From the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. Select the File Locations tab.

  3. Select ClipArt Pictures from the File Types list.

  4. Click the Modify button.

  5. Navigate to the folder you want Word to default to.

  6. Click OK. OK.



In 2007-10, you'll find the entry by
  1. Click on the Office logo

  2. Go to Word Options>Advanced

  3. Scroll down to General

  4. Click the File Locations button



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  Wednesday, December 09, 2009 – Permalink –

Sparklines

Quick graphic reinforcement


A graph or chart can give the reader a visual representation of a great deal of data. Concepts or results can be more easily grasped by a well formatted graphic.

Charts, usually, take up more space in a document than is absolutely required.

Edward Tufte has come up with the concept of Sparklines (Sparklines:Intense, Word-sized Graphics)
.
These are small graphs about the same height and width as common words. They are not out of place in the text of a document.

Sparklines give the reader a snapshot of the data that quickly supports the material being discussed.



See:
Bisantz Sparklines

The Sparkmaker can create Sparklines for Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. They can also be produced in HTML.




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  Friday, September 11, 2009 – Permalink –

AutoShapes

Drawing bar objects



Kim Hedrich has put together a series of basic articles on AutoShapes for TechTrax.

AutoShapesPart 1 - How to draw circles, ovals, squares and rectangles; also modifying fill and line colour

AutoShapes Part 2 - Fill Effects

AutoShapes Part 3 - Shadows and 3-D

AutoShapes - Text Inside a Shape




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  Monday, August 10, 2009 – Permalink –

Military Clipart

Thousands of items


If you find the need for Armed Forces photos and art, here is the place to look.
Regardless of your opinion about their present mission, the military does present a spectacular visage.



"06/17/06 - An F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft sits at the ready as storm clouds pass overhead aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Philippine Sea June 17, 2006.
(U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Aaron Burden)

All of these files are in the public domain unless otherwise indicated. However, we request you credit the photographer/videographer as indicated or simply "Department of Defense."


HqDA.Army.Mil - Clipart



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  Sunday, June 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Clip Art at Home

Install more


Do you remember all of the clip art that was available locally with Office XP?

When you have an Internet connection, you have access to the Office Online collection, but if you would like more clip art installed on your machine:


A small amount of sample clip art images was included The 2007 Office systems and Office 2003 and is part of the "local collection" that is searched when you do not have Internet access to the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. Office 2003 no longer included a media content CD with additional clip art. However, the Microsoft Office XP Media Content CD can still be installed locally or on a network share.

The Office XP Media Content CD contains approximately 35,000 clips that are a subset of the clips that are available on the Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Web site. The Office XP Media Content CD was included with Microsoft Office XP Professional, Microsoft Office XP Standard, and Microsoft Publisher 2002 Deluxe Edition.

To install the contents of the Office XP Media Content CD on a computer, follow these steps:
  1. Exit all programs that are running

  2. Insert the Office XP Media Content CD into the CD drive or into the DVD drive
    (Hold down the SHIFT key to prevent the program from automatically starting. If Microsoft Windows Installer automatically starts, click Cancel)

  3. Click Start, click Run, type the following command, and then click OK:
    msiexec.exe /i CD_drive:\CAG.MSI ADDLOCAL=ALL /qb
(CD_drive is the letter of the drive that contains the Office XP Media Content CD)
Support.Microsoft.com
How to add clip art to Clip Organizer in a 2007 Office system and in Office 2003




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  Monday, June 08, 2009 – Permalink –

Art and Words

One picture can mess up a thousand words


Linda Johnson has put together a well laid out basic tutorial about combining text and graphics on a page.

Aligning Text and Graphics in Word

I might have added "Edit Wrap Points"; a feature that allows more control over how text wraps around a picture. Also the use of Format>Picture from the menu. The Layout tab on the dialog box has an Advanced button. The Advanced Layout section presents more precise layout choices if needed.

Linda dismisses the Drawing Canvas that pops up in Word 2002+. I think she is correct, in most situations.

For more information on the "DC" see:
Drawing Canvas - More than I want



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  Tuesday, March 31, 2009 – Permalink –

Add Captions Programatically

When the project seems overwhelming


Faced with a repetitive task, I often have to make the decision, do I do it by hand again and again? Or do I write or find a macro to do the heavy lifting?
"Have you ever had a document with ten, twenty, or even 100 images, and then as an afterthought decided you wanted to add a caption to each of those images? This is an easy task through the user interface (UI). All you have to do is select each image, one at a time, and choose Insert, then Reference, then Caption. Unfortunately doing this through an image-heavy document is a boring chore and takes up a lot of time.

Fortunately, the Word object model lets you to apply a caption to a selected object. An add-in that does this for you is only a small chunk of code away. The sample add-in accompanying this article demonstrates how to do this. It also demonstrates many other details about working with shapes and images in Word programmatically that are useful to know about."

Working with Word 2003 Images Programmatically




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  Monday, January 26, 2009 – Permalink –

Graphics from the '50s

Remember it the way you want to


Original fifties clipart? Just in time for the holidays, some Ozzie and Harriet style pics.



"Most communities in the fifties had small town print shops that doubled as printers of local news and advertising papers. These printers could not afford graphic artists so they used stock clipart supplied by large companies who distributed common graphics for use in advertising sections of the papers. They were provided for the printer in lots of categories to meet any advertiser's needs."

Retrographix.com




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  Tuesday, January 06, 2009 – Permalink –

Clip Art Gallery

Sprinkle carefully


Judicious use of Clip art can spice up a document. Here's an article about how to customize existing pictures including:
  • Display clip-related toolbars
  • Customizing your clip art
  • Cropping
  • Sizing
  • Adding text wrapping
  • Blurring
  • Rotating and flipping
  • Adding a drop shadow
Edit clip art in Word

Also:
Clip art gallery

 

Halloween clips
Clip Art demo
5 new things about the Clip Art and Media site
Mary Sauer's Design Gallery Help
Microsoft Clip Art & Media Help




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  Wednesday, September 17, 2008 – Permalink –

Free Photos

and other graphics


Robin Good has compiled a list of places that provide royalty free images.

" Finding quality images and photos for complementing an important article, essay or news report is already quite a challenge for many. Imagine when the goal is not just too find good images, but find some that you could openly and freely use without needing to pay royalties or one-time publishing rights to someone."


Free Photographs and Other Visuals


A dozen sources are listed including:
PD Photo.org

"PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use. But if you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that standards for such use are higher. Specifically, you should assume no model release was obtained. And pictures featuring products or property should be used with care. The photos are here to be used, but I don't want you to get either of us in trouble over it."



Copyright Information



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  Friday, August 15, 2008 – Permalink –

Connectors and Org Charts

"Attachers"


PowerPoint can create an Organizational or Flow chart more easily than using the old Orgchart applet.
(In 2002 +, OrgChart was replaced with the Insert diagram or Organizational chart button on the Drawing toolbar.)


Microsoft Office Online tutorial:
Org charts A to Z

"Use the Microsoft Office diagramming tool to create an organization chart in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003. Build and lay out a chart, style it effectively, and get editing tips that'll help you adapt it."

(Length: 40–50 minutes)


Also:
Draw flowcharts with Word and PowerPoint
Connector information


PPTWorkbench.com:
(Glen Millar Communications)
Connectors and custom anchor points

"Connectors are very important tools in PowerPoint drawing. They attach themselves to PowerPoint shapes, and will move with that shape as it is moved around the slide. This tutorial will show many things:
How to add custom anchor points by:
  1. drawing them,
  2. pasting them as an enhanced metafile,
  3. using a hidden autoshape."




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  Saturday, August 02, 2008 – Permalink –

Picture Toolbar

Powerful tool


Word, Excel, and PowerPoint use similar toolbars to edit graphics.


In 2007, these appear on the Ribbon when the graphic is selected.

Here's a description of how it works:


Masterviews International:

Edit Images And Photos Within PowerPoint: Picture Toolbar

"In PowerPoint you can control images using the Picture toolbar which automatically appears whenever you insert a picture in a slide. In case you do not see this toolbar, you can right-click on the image you have just inserted and choose 'Show Picture Toolbar'."

  • Change the image to grayscale, black-and-white or watermark, thanks to the Color Control feature.

  • Change the picture's contrast, with the More Contrast and Less Contrast controls.

  • Change the picture's brightness with the More Brightness and Less Brightness controls.

  • Cut off part of the picture with the Crop control.

  • Recolor vector images (not applicable to bitmap images such as JPEG) with the Recolor Picture function.

  • Format the picture with the Format Picture control.

  • Select a color in the image and make it transparent, with the Set Transparent Color function.
    (For 2007 this is under "Recolor" > Adjust . Set Transparent color)

  • Undo all operations that you have applied to the selected images with the Reset Picture control.

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  Sunday, January 13, 2008 – Permalink –

Match Format Paste

Copy/Paste formatting in Word, PowerPoint or Excel



When you copy information from a Web page or another document, the formatting will also be copied.

To match the formatting of the target document, copy the text and place the cursor where you want to insert the copy.

Then, go to Edit>Paste Special, and select the Unformatted Text option.
(Click the arrow under Paste in the Clipboard group on the Home tab in 2007)

The clipboard text will be pasted to match the target.

Another way when using Word 2002 + is to click on the "Smart icon" that appears at
the lower right corner of the pasted text. You can then choose to keep the original formatting, match the destination formatting, keep text only, or apply a new style.

An additional way to transfer just the formatting between documents is to highlight the text with the formatting you wish to copy and then hold down the Ctrl key and the Shift key and press the C key (Ctrl+Shift+C). Release the keys. Select the text you want to have formatted. Hold down the Ctrl key and the Shift key and press the V key (Ctrl+Shift+V). Only the formatting is copied, not the text.
In Excel use Edit>Paste Special and select the "Formats" option.

TechTrax:
What's So Special About "Paste Special"?
by Linda Johnson, MOS

Paste Special can also be used with graphics.

You can change Word's default behavior; choose whether to paste Inline or Floating.

Microsoft Word MVPS FAQ



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  Wednesday, December 12, 2007 – Permalink –

Images Sources

No cost


After awhile the graphics in Office Clipart or even the ones found on Microsoft's Office online appear the same.

Here is a list of 100 locations for royalty free stock images.




Free stock images




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  Saturday, December 08, 2007 – Permalink –

Drawing Canvas

More than I want


The Draw layer has been around since about Word 97, but it has not been as intrusive as it is in Word 2002+.


Try to place an AutoShape on a page and the Drawing Canvas pops up by default.


To turn off this feature, go to:
Tools>Options.
On the General tab, remove the check mark from
"Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes"


To just dismiss it each time, choose your AutoShape and then touch the Delete or Esc key before drawing the object.

Here's some more information.


Wordsite.com:
The draw layer: a metaphysical space


Knowledge Base
General Information About Floating Objects
(a discussion of Word's floating objects and layers)


As I understand it, the Drawing canvas is not really a new layer. The following illustration shows the classic layers. It is from the Knowledge base article:

How to Place Text over a Graphic



___________________
/ /
/ <SURFACE OF /
/ PAPER> /
/ / /
Front drawing layer ------------------- /
MAIN TEXT LAYER =================== / /
Back drawing layer -------------------/ / /
/ /
Front drawing layer -------------------/ /
(Header/footer) BOTTOM TEXT LAYER =================== /
Back drawing layer -------------------/



You can dump the layer in 2007 in the Office button Word Option equivalent of Tools>Options:





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