When Graphics Do Not Appear in MS Word

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You're working in MS Word and you have created a beautifully laid out instruction manual, complete with graphics but there is one huge problem! Your graphics are not visible in your document!

What is the problem causing this and how do you rectify it?

Well first of all, if you are working in Normal view, you should switch to Print Layout view. The reason for this is that objects are formatted as "float over text in Word 97, or formatted as something else other than inline with text in versions 2000, 2002 and 2003 and are not visible in Normal view.

Follow the steps below:

  • Click on View | Print Layout.

Now follow these steps:

  • Click on Tools | Options | View tab.  
  • Check the Drawings box and uncheck Picture placeholders.  
  • Click the Print tab.  
  • Check Drawing objects.  
  • Click OK.

If neither of the above suggestions resolves the issue, then try reducing the hardware acceleration setting by following the steps below:

  • Click on Start | Control Panel.  
  • Click on Display | Settings.  
  • Click on Advanced near the bottom.
  • Click on Troubleshooting.

The default setting is the fastest, but not always the best for Word. If this fixes the problem, then you might want to check the website of the manufacturer of your video card/graphics adapter to see if there is an updated driver available.

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