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    Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    I'm writing a short instructional document that teaches my colleagues how to use a Word template I've developed. (I know, I should make my templates easier to use, then I wouldn't need instructions...)

    In the instructional document I am including a few screenshots. But it seems that the cursor is not captured in the screenshot. I need to get the point across that the user should select an entire line, and that this is easiest when the cursor is a diagonal arrow.

    How can I produce a convincing arrow? I can't find it in wingdings, dingbats, or AutoShapes.

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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    Hi Erik:
    I'm not much of a graphics person, so there might be a better way, but...
    1. Show the Drawing toolbar.
    2. Click AutoShapes/Block Arrows & choose e.g. the one that points to the right.
    3. Draw a right facing arrow about the size of a cursor in the left margin. In Word 2000, they didn't have any angled ones...I don't know about 2002.
    4. Select it.
    5. Click the rotating arrow on the Drawing toolbar (the curved button near the left). You should see green rotating points on the arrow.
    6. Rotate the arrow.
    7. Press Alt+Print Screen to capture the image & paste into a graphics editor.

    See attached.
    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    If you search the Software Finds and Wants forum, or Google, for screen grab or screenshot or screen capture, you'll find software that allows you to take screenshots with or withour cursor, and lots of other tweaks. One of them is the ubiquitous free multi-purpose graphics program IrfanView.

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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    (Edited by HansV to make URL clickable - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    I do a bit of documentation and have found SnagIt to be invaluable. You can go to their site http://www.techsmith.com and get a trial version. One of the options is to include the cursor. This is much more efficient then trying to use screen shots.

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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    Well, I'll be... Never knew that about Irfanview. Learn something every day. <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>
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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    It's an amazing program, isn't it? Kind of a Swiss army knife.

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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    Using SnagIt (I was unable to connect to the IrfanView server), I was able to do what I needed to do. Many thanks!

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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    If you can't (or don't want) to tweak your capture software, go to Settings > Control Panel > Mouse. Choose the Pointers tab in the Mouse Properties dialog, and there you will find a sample of each and every mouse pointer on a convenient white background. Then Alt+Print Screen, paste into whatever, and crop as needed.

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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    Good idea! Easiest if the sample is already pointing in the desired direction, but rotation brings it pretty close (not exact).

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    Re: Picture of arrow cursor (2002/SP-2)

    Nice "tip"! And if you prefer not to have the white background, you can try copying from a format that supports transparency. I attach Photoshop, PNG, and GIF captures of those pointers. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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