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    Formatting Graphics

    Can anyone recommend a good (thorough) tutorial for the placing and formatting of graphics (pictures) in a Word 2K document? I have been using Word for many years and must confess I still alternate between dragging the graphic around and just kinda hunting and pecking away at the options listed on the Layout and Advanced Layout tabs. Usually, but not always, I can get something I can live with, but I never understand how the hell I got there.

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    If you want effective replies, make your questions a bit more specific. I have found that specific questions get prompt replies, sometimes in minutes.

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    Rajesh,

    I accept your challenge and begin with this: When inserting a picture into a Word document, for all Wrapping styles other than "In line with text", under Advanced, one is presented with Options. What exactly does the Anchor do, what exactly does Locking the Anchor do and what exactly is the effect of selecting or de-selecting "Move object with text" under the two anchor options?

    I have tried to figure this out experimentally, but the results are inconclusive to me. Can you help?

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    From Word 97 helps:

    <pre>Anchor - However, you can also place drawing objects in a precise position,
    and you can "attach," or anchor, an object to a paragraph so that if you move the
    paragraph, the object automatically moves with it.</pre>


    And

    <pre>Locking - Why can't I move my paragraph without moving my drawing object?
    The anchor for the drawing object is locked to the paragraph you want to move. </pre>


    And Move Object with text:

    <pre>You can attach an object to a paragraph so that they move together in two ways:

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    Word 2000 Help says it a little differently.
    1. To ensure that the selected object moves up or down with the paragraph it's anchored to, select the Move object with text check box.

    2. To ensure that an object remains anchored to the same paragraph when you move the object, select the Lock anchor check box.

    The difference was enough to confuse me. Experiment seems to substantiate the Word 97 explanation as you presented it. I don't seem to be able to move the object and the text to different pages with 'Lock anchor' selected. The results when you try it are a little unnerving and I can't imagine ever needing the feature but it does seem to work that way.

    I probably will never understand what MS was trying to say in the second paragraph of the Word 2000 help write up.

    Working through all the various perturbations with your explanation in hand has been rewarding and I believe I've made some sense of it now.

    Thanks very much for your help.

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    Good for you. <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    Dear Bill E.

    Well, you got your reply soon enough, even if it wasn't from me.

    About your Word 2000 help language, a brief explanation:

    >1. To ensure that the selected object moves up or down with the paragraph it's anchored to, select
    >the Move object with text check box.

    Move object with text links the object to a paragraph, but for example, if a new paragraph is, or a few paragraphs are, inserted, the anchor may hitch itself to another paragraph.

    >2. To ensure that an object remains anchored to the same paragraph when you move the object,
    >select the Lock anchor check box.

    If Lock anchor is selected, then notwithstanding that new text flows, the anchor is attached to the specific paragraph, and the object will always remain on the same page as the paragraph to which the anchor is locked.

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    Funny enough the current issue of Woody's Office Tips covers exactly this. (Vol 1, Number 8, 1May2001)
    If you don't suscribe to this. I'll be happy to send you a copy - from that you can sign up if you want.
    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    If you work with graphics (or frames or text boxes) in Word a lot (like I do), it is often helpful to be able to see the anchor. It can be very helpful when you're placing graphics. With experience, it helps you predict the often odd behavior of graphics positioning. Also, if you delete the paragraph to which a graphic is anchored, the graphic will be deleted, too. Easy to do by mistake if the anchor is on a blank line.

    If you go to Tools/Options/View and check the Object Anchors box, then any time you select a graphic, its anchor will also show up. Very useful, especially since it doesn't appear unless you need it.

    By the way, the Word 2000 help item #2 is correct, if somewhat confusing. An object must be on the same page as it's anchor. If you grab a graphic and move it up or down a page with an unlocked anchor, the anchor jumps to the nearest paragraph. An example of where you don't want that is where you want your graphic to appear at the top of the page a particular paragraph is on (e.g., the paragraph that refers to the graphic). Of course that can lead to white space issues, but it depends on what you need for your document.

    As you have discovered, working with graphics in Word can be very frustrating. I find I spend a lot of time using the Format [Object,Picture,Frame] dialog box rather than the mouse to control the placement of these items.

    Here's a question: Has anyone ever figured out how to change the default so that when you insert a frame it comes up without a border?

    --Flip

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    Brian,

    You're right and I read it. With that, the posts here and an e-mail exchange with Bill Coan [billcoan@wordsite.com], I think I finally have my head screwed on straight.

    At least I am now comfortable with what happens when inserting graphics and can handle most situations without frustration. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Formatting Graphics

    Thanks from me too, an illuminating reply which is helping me understand why a logo at the top of my letterhead suddenly jumps to the second page when the text of my letter goes beyond one page.
    Grrrrr!

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