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    Backgrounds for labels ? (Word 2000)

    I would like to use a graphic as a background for an Avery 2186 (3.5" diskette) label. When I use the format-background set of commands, it imports the image to the whole 'page', and therefore tiles and repeats the image. And of course it does not line up with the label itself.

    Is there a way to use a graphic as a background for a label ?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Backgrounds for labels ? (Word 2000)

    Hi, Chris,

    Format/Background is only for Web pages. (You might notice that as soon as you assign a background, Word flips into Web view, and if you switch to Page Layout view the background disappears.) These backgrounds won't print.

    First, to make things easier, go into Tools/Options and turn on display of paragraph marks and object anchors.

    Put the cursor in the paragraph that follows the table, and use Insert/Picture. It'll come in as an in-line graphic, on a second page. On the Picture toolbar, click the Wrapping button and select Behind Text.

    Drag the picture to cover one label and size it to fit. (It will keep trying to get away from you <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> but drag it back carefully, and spit on it <img src=/S/razz.gif border=0 alt=razz width=25 height=17> to make it stay put.) If the anchor jumps into the table, drag it back to the final paragraph mark. (If the picture is anchored in a table cell, it interferes with the alignment of text in the cell.)

    Click the Image Control button on the Picture toolbar and select Watermark. If that makes it too washed-out, fiddle with the Less Brightness and More Contrast buttons until you like it.

    Hold down Ctrl and drag the picture to the other cell, and play games again until it's positioned in the cell and anchored outside the table.

    Finally, add your text and print the labels.

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    Re: Backgrounds for labels ? (Word 2000)

    This works fine.

    Thanks, Jay

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