Re. Rotating images in Word?

Subject: Re. Rotating images in Word?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "Techwr-L (E-mail)" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 08:23:48 -0400

Xiang Li wondered <<Does anyone on this list know how to rotate an image in
MS word? I tried the MS Word Help, it seems to me that word can only rotate
objects instead of image?>>

Word is very inconsistent about this. Some things rotate just fine, others
don't, and only Bill Gates knows the reason for the difference. Word is not
a desktop publishing program, and shows this whenever you try something
comparatively simple like rotating images or wrapping text. The best
solution is to import the graphic into a dedicated image editor, size it and
crop it and rotate it there, and then pass it to Word in an appropriate
format (.tif, .eps, or whatever). That's good advice in general, since it
means you've already done most of the graphical processing before Word and
the printer ever see the image, and that makes for faster printing times and
(generally) fewer printing errors.

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"Technical writing... requires understanding the audience, understanding
what activities the user wants to accomplish, and translating the often
idiosyncratic and unplanned design into something that appears to make
sense."--Donald Norman, The Invisible Computer

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