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    What purpose do Anchors serve (2000 SR1)

    Help please <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>
    I know that the subject of graphic and text box anchors has been discussed in the past but.......
    What purpose do they serve?
    I have a 64 page manual which includes many text boxes and screen clips. I have mastered (I think) positioning graphics and text boxes correctly on the pages, but without recourse to Anchors. Whatever advanced options I set in the Format Picture layout in respect of Anchors seem to have no effect on how graphics behave. I am aware of the inline v floating option. Could someone please point me to an explanatory help site please. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: What purpose do Anchors serve (2000 SR1)

    I can't point you to an explanatory web site, but maybe this will help.

    The anchor for a floating graphic is used to associate the graphic with a particular paragraph. If you display the anchors (using Tools > Options > View > Object Anchors) and select a floating graphic then you can see its anchor and drag it to a different paragraph if you want.

    When you position a graphic (using Format > Object > Layout > Advanced) you can choose to set the vertical position relative to a Paragraph. If the Anchor paragraph then moves, the graphic will maintain its position relative to that paragraph. The anchor paragraph does not have to be the one immediately next to the object, enabling your graphic to move with any paragraph that you wish.

    You can also set the position of a graphic relative to a "Line" and then drag the anchor to a particular line within the paragraph.

    Does this help?

    StuartR

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    Re: What purpose do Anchors serve (2000 SR1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Phil Rabichow on 17-Aug-02 16:32. )</P>Hi Mike:
    Just to add one point to Stuart's excellent explanation, you can also set the horizontal position (Format Picture/Layout tab/Advanced & set horizontal absolute position "to the left of" Character). The graphic will then move as you type text to maintain the same position. The feature is useful in a manual if you were to say something like "See the figure immediately to the right". As you edited the manual, the picture could always stay in the same position relative to the "t" in right.

    Edited: I should add that, depending on the situation, setting the horizontal position relative to a character can be a disadvantage, as you can "type" the graphic off the page.

    Cheers,

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    Re: What purpose do Anchors serve (2000 SR1)

    Thank you gentlemen for your prompt response.
    I will examine you comments and suggestions and see if I can make Anchors work for me.

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