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    Paint - Selection (XP)

    I have a picture that I want to crop and am having difficulty selecting a large area. After pasting my picture in the paint screen I have horizontal and vertical elevator bars. I need to select an area of the picture from the upper left corner to a range beyond what is shown ie I need to move the elevator bars to do so. My challenge is how to move the elevator bars after I clicked on the upper left corner. I keep on loosing the focus and end up with missing a section of the picture.

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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Try to use third-party programs.

    I would recommend to download and install IrfanView - <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> picture viewer and editor. It has very user-friendly dialog window to crop and resize a part of the image. Do not forget to download plugins for many picture formats (separate download).

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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    John

    I am not sure what quality you are looking for but a quick fix is to import the image into Word. You can use crop image tool in the picture tool bar. Just highlight the image by clicking on it and the toolbar will appear.
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    I have yet to find a "CROPPING" tool in Word, all I ever get the tool bar with NO cropping listed.

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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    You can't do what you are trying to do in Paint. Download the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Irfanview and you will have no trouble doing this.
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Dave,

    It's on the Picture toolbar. The sawtooth looking thing.
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Here you go Dave.

    Click on the image you insert and invariably the Picture Tool bar appears undocked but if not , select it from the View | Toolbars menu
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Jerry,

    Thanks for the tip. I was working in Word and didn't know of this feature.

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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    When I show my students this I often an oohh factor as it is a quick and easy way to get sceen shots of their work to add to their description and course work <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Same feature is available in PowerPoint. And you can use the Insert Textbox feature to add text to the image or outside it. But I much prefer the Word Wrap capability of Word to wrap text around an image.
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    That is a nice tip to know thank you. I also right hand mouse cllick the image and add captions eg Figure 1 or Item 1
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Doc and Jezza,
    All this does is changes the "Clipping" of the picture. It does NOT "Crop" the picture, just allows one to HIDE part of the picture and then redisplay it later if wanted.

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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Agreed Dave, but it gets around the problem of downloading yet another piece of software, I suppose it could be described as an enterprise utility <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    And this is WHY a lot of Word documents are HUGE.

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    Re: Paint - Selection (XP)

    Dave,

    After cropping the picture, you can use Word's Format Picture > Picture > Compress > "Delete cropped areas of picture".

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