Change Image Control Settings: MS Word

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When you have a picture selected, you can use buttons on the Picture toolbar to change it from color to black and white and adjust the contrast and brightness.

  • Click the Image Control button and choose Grayscale, Black & White or Watermark from the list.
  • Repeatedly click one of the Contrast buttons to increase or decrease the contrast.
  • Repeatedly click one of the Brightness buttons to increase or decrease the brightness.
  • Click the format Picture button and click the Picture tab to use the dialog box. Here you specify I inches the amount to crop off each edge, as well as indicate the image control, contrast and brightness settings you prefer.
  • Click Reset in the dialog box to return the picture to its original form.

Position a Picture

When you've inserted a picture in a page and adjusted its size and so on, the next step is to position it where you want it. You can handle that in one of two ways.

  • As an inline picture: this means a picture is considered merely one character on a line. As such, you can center it by clicking the Center button, indent it by pressing Tab or clicking the Increase Indent button, or even align it with a caption by including it in a table.
  • As a floating object: this means a picture exists on a different layer than the text itself. You can drag a floating object to move it anywhere on the page, even into the margins. You can then specify what happens with the text -- whether it will run around the picture or flow right across it or behind it.

Precise placement of a picture is part of laying out an attractive page. You want pictures to correspond to the edges of columns or other elements on the page, because aligning elements on a page is good page design. Floating pictures allow for much more flexibility in positioning, because you can have text flow around them on one or both sides.

Delete and Position Graphics

When inserted, a picture is part of the flow of text, an inline object.

  1. Click the picture to select it.
  2. Click the Text Wrapping button on the Picture toolbar. This opens the menu.
  3. Click one of the wrapping styles.

You can also use the selections on the Layout tab of the Format Picture dialog box.

The view changes to Print Layout view, and the picture is now a floating object. When you place the mouse pointer over it, the pointer turns into a four-headed arrow, indicating that you can drag it wherever you want to place it.

If you choose either the Square or Tight wrapping, options, text flows around the picture. Whether floating or in-line, a picture can be deleted by clicking it and pressing Delete.

If you change to normal view, the picture will appear as an inline item, perhaps even in a strange location. Don't worry about this -- it's the Print layout view that counts.

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