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First thing I'd do is change the workflow from copy-paste images to Insert
(And in Word 2007, it's easy to extract all the images: just copy the .DOCX
file to .ZIP, open the newly-created ZIP in WinZip, and extract all the
desired images to your directory.)
It's the copy-paste that may be causing some of this because Word can
interpret the formatting many ways: from the source para, from the
destination para, and I think it may even depend on whether the destination
location is within any sort of (bulleted or numbered) list. These options
are controlled in the Word Options > Advanced > Cut, copy, and Paste
section. But try as I might, even setting these as I think I want them
often results in surprises anyway. And it may be that the picture's layout
options are somehow being carried along when you do the copy/paste.
I've found that I can virtually eliminate these sorts of things by *not*
using copy/paste for images. I have every image file on my disk, and then
use Insert > Picture to put it in the doc. And when I do that, the
paragraphs settings seem to "stick".
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