In templates, graphics are often placed in text boxes (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.)for easy positioning. Text boxes that contain graphics or text often do not have borders showing, so it may not be apparent that an item is placed within a text box. The key to working with graphics within text boxes is to know when to select the actual graphic and when to select the text box that contains it.
To resize an image in a text box
- Click the image you want to resize.
- Position the mouse pointer over one of the sizing handles (sizing handle: One of the small circles or squares that appears at the corners and sides of a selected object. You drag these handles to change the size of the object.).
- Drag the sizing handle until the object is the shape and size that you want.
- To increase or decrease the size in one or more directions, drag the mouse away from or toward the center, while doing one of the following.
- To keep the center of an object in the same place, hold down CTRL while dragging the mouse.
- To maintain the object's proportions, hold down SHIFT while dragging the mouse.
- To maintain the proportions while keeping the center in the same place, hold down CTRL and SHIFT while dragging the mouse.
If you can't see your whole picture after you resize it
- Select the text box that contains the image (not the image itself). To do this, move the pointer over the border of the text box until the pointer becomes a four-headed arrow, , and then click the border.
- On the Format menu, click Text Box, and then click the Text Box tab.
- Select the Resize AutoShape to fit text check box.