Insert a picture or clip art

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Pictures and clip art can be inserted or copied into a document from many different sources, including downloaded from a clip art Web site provider, copied from a Web page, or inserted from a file where you save pictures.

You can also change how a picture or clip art is positioned with text within a document.

 Tip   To insert a picture from your scanner or camera, use the scanner or camera software to transfer the picture to your computer. Save the picture, and then insert it by following the instructions for inserting a picture from a file.

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Insert clip art

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Clip Art.

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  1. In the Clip Art task pane, in the Search for text box, type a word or phrase that describes the clip art that you want, or type in all or some of the file name of the clip art.
  2. To narrow your search, do one or both of the following:
    • To limit the search results to a specific collection of clip art, in the Search in box, click the arrow and select the collection you want to search.
    • To limit the search results to clip art, click the arrow in the Results should be box and select the check box next to Clip Art.

In the Clip Art task pane, you can also search for photographs, movies, and sounds. To include any of those media types, select the check boxes next to them.

  1. Click Go.
  2. In the list of results, click the clip art to insert it.

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Insert a picture from a Web page

  1. Open the Microsoft Office Word 2007 document.
  2. From the Web page, drag the picture that you want into the Word document.

Make sure the picture that you choose is not a link to another Web page. If you drag a picture that is linked, it will be inserted in your document as a link instead of an image.

Insert a linked picture from a Web page

  1. Open the Word document.
  2. On the Web page, right-click the picture you want, and then click Copy.
  3. In the Word document, right-click where you want to insert the picture, and then click Paste.

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Insert a picture from a file

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Picture.

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  1. Locate the picture that you want to insert.
  2. Double-click the picture that you want to insert.

 Note   By default, Microsoft Office Word embeds (embed: To insert information created in one program, such as a chart or an equation, into another program. After the object is embedded, the information becomes part of the document. Any changes you make to the object are reflected in the document.) pictures in a document. You can reduce the size of a file by linking (link: Used to insert a copy of information created in one program into a Microsoft Word document while maintaining a connection between the two files. When the information changes in the source file, the changes are reflected in the destination document.) to a picture. In the Insert Picture dialog box, click the arrow next to Insert, and then click Link to File.

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Change an inline picture to a floating picture, and vice versa

An inline picture keeps its position relative to the text. A floating picture keeps its position relative to the page, and floats in that position as text flows around it.

For example, if you choose to position the picture halfway down on the left side of the page with text wrapping, and then you add two paragraphs at the top of the page, the picture will stay exactly where you placed it — halfway down on the left side of the page.

To make sure that the picture stays with text that references it — for example, a description above the picture, position the picture as an inline picture. If you add two paragraphs above the description, the picture will move down the page along with the description.

  1. If the picture is not on a drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.), select the picture. If the picture is on a drawing canvas, select the canvas.
  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Position.

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If you don't see Position, click Arrange, and then click Position.

  1. Do one of the following:

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Applies to:
Word 2007