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    Picture Positioning (2003)

    After years of dealing with Word I still sometimes have problems with positioning illustrations (pictures) within the document. I usually select Format Picture and set the Layout to Square, then click on Advanced and click appropriate options such as Move With Text or not. However, on occasion I notice strange behaviour. For example, I move the picture close to the top margin of a page and it suddenly jumps up to the very top edge. Not only that, it "sticks" there. If I attempt to drag it down, it jumps right back! Furthermore, upon selecting Format Picture, the Advanced button brings up a totally different dialog box that only addresses word wrapping. I would sure like to know how or why this happens and how to change it. I obviously am missing some important point.

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    I have never been able to tame the behavior of floating pictures in Word. whenever possible, I set Layout to Inline with text. I only use floating pictures in the page header or footer.

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    Can you post a screen shot of the incorrect dialog?

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    Hi Hans,

    How wonderful it is to know that I'm not the only one plagued with that problem! I, too, am beginning to resort to only the in-line method.

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    Here is an example. Resolution is poor as I lowered the size below 100KB.

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    That looks like the normal dialog box to me. It has both of the tabs I would expect to see. Some options are greyed out because the wrapping is set to "in line with text".

    StuartR

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    For future reference, the PNG format will make nice screen shots in about 20-40KB. (PNG is not efficient with photos, though; for those JPG works better.) Starting in Windows 2000, I believe, PNG became available as a save format in MS Paint.

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    You're right Stuart. What I didn't notice was the picture was in the "in line" layout. The Advanced dialog box is different if it is not in the "in line" layout.

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    Re: Picture Positioning (2003)

    PNG knocked a typical screenshot down from 67 KB to 57 KB or so, so it is more efficient. I use IrfanView a lot, and it has a PNG option.

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