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    AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    I have created a graphic using a filled block arrow with a text box that I use in many documents. I have been re-creating it each time I need it. Is there a way I can save that graphic to ClipArt? Or place an icon on my Drawing Toolbar? Drawing it each time I need it doesn't seem very "21st Century".

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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    What program did you use to create the graphic ??
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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    I used the AutoShapes on the Drawing Toolbar in my Word 2003. Then I filled it with color and put a text box on top and grouped them together. It is simple.
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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    Just reread the post and am assuming that you are doing this in Word or one of the other Office programs. If it is Word, then right click on the graphic and select Copy from the dropdown menu.

    Now, open Paint and paste the graphic you copied, resize the image and save it as a gif or jpg. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    I can certainly do that. Can I then save it in Clip Organizer so I can easily access it?
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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    I don't use the Clip Organizer, but I would assume from the little I know of it that if you save the image to you My Pictures folder that it will be available in Clip Organizer, or you can ask Clip Organizer to search for it.
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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    I did it! It works perfectly. Thank you for your prompt help.
    One less headache for me.
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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    If you are doing it in Word, you could try this shortcut:

    In Word, create your grouped arrow.
    Single click to select the image, then
    Tools > Autocorrect...
    Make sure you select 'Replace text as you type' and 'Formatted text', then enter something like
    <code>abc</code>
    in the 'Replace' field.
    Click OK.

    Now, when you enter
    <code>abc</code>
    followed by a space or CR, the image should be automatically placed.

    From my experience using Word 2002, if the graphic is formatted (under Layout) as being 'In front of text', the 'Replace with' will show up as an asterisk in the Autocorrect list - see attachment below. If it is formatted as 'In line with text', it is listed as "* SHAPE *MERGEFORMAT ****".
    I use this method to automattically add my signature graphic to faxes, and it is MUCH faster that inserting a file or picture!

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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    Just remember that the clipart you've just created is no longer scalable... not in the same clean way as it was originally. For such situations, I've used an old MS utility called wmfapmf.exe. The idea is to select the objects from your drawing in Word, copy, then paste into this app. You can then save as a WMF Windows Metafile and place with the rest of your clipart. It takes a bit of fiddling, getting used to judging the "bounds" of the metafile in WMFAPMF, but you quickly get the hang of it.

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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    Thank you to both Leif and Alan for the suggestions. Since I don't need to resize my "arrow", using AutoCorrect works beautifully for me. Why didn't I think of that?

    I will also convert it to a wmf file just for the experience and so I will have know how to do it in case this need arises again.

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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    Thank you. Another good solution.
    I was so caught up in the problem that I couldn't think of any of these really good ideas.
    Thank you for responding.
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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    You were not alone - THANKS for the post !!!

    After seeing your post and the solutions, I forwarded the link to a buddy who "Inserts" a Company Logo Graphic in his documents, pending on the type of documents and where it would go.

    He now has several Auto Text selections and Autocorrect selections setup - making his job much faster and easier.

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    Re: AutoShape as ClipArt (Windows XP Home, SP2)

    A third solution (where the result will be scalable) is using AutoText instead of AutoCorrect. Select the image, then click Insert - AutoText - New and assign a name (i.e. abc) . You can now insert your arrow by typing abc and then hitting the F3 key.
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