Re: MS Word Pictures

Subject: Re: MS Word Pictures
From: DGoldstein -at- DeusTech -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2003 13:13:10 -0600

When you use Insert>Object>Microsoft Word Picture, you are offering Word the opportunity to "automatically" mess things up for you. You also increase the chances of file size bloat.

Many of us save screenshots in other apps, and then use Insert>Picture>From File. I save screenshots in Paint Shop Pro, usually in PNG format, which offers lossless compression and smooth resizing. (In the case of vector graphics such as Visio charts, I usually prefer WMF format.)

I try to minimize the use of callouts (arrows and boxes), but when I need them, I usually add them after the picture has been inserted into the Word document.

If I expect to edit the actual graphic later on, I usually insert a link to the graphic file, and then use F9 to update it in the Word doc.

Dan Goldstein

> Emily brightened 5/15/03 with:
> Hi,
> When using MS Word to write software manuals, I often want to show a screenshot together with other
> graphical elements (such as red circles, arrows, text boxes), I generally use the command:
> Insert>Object>Microsoft Word Picture
> I put the screenshot and the other
> graphical elements in the handy frame/window that gets
> created for a Microsoft Word Picture. This helps keep the screenshot and graphics together. It keeps things better
> "anchored" than trying to put screenshots with graphics right on the document page.
> QUESTION: I don't understand the relationship between
> the size of items on the actual document page and
> the size of that same items when plopped into
> a Microsoft Word Picture frame/window. For example,
> if I copy text from the document into the picture frame, once
> it's in the picture frame,
> it doesn't show up as the same size it used to be.
> What controls the size of things
> once they are in a Microsoft Word Picture frame/window?
> Thanks,
> Emily from Ann Arbor

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