Chapter 18. Pictures and SmartArt


  • Inserting pictures from files

  • Finding pictures on the Internet

  • Working with graphics

  • Using Clip Art

  • Using Word 2007's new SmartArt tools

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? It's up to you. Pictures for their own sake might simply clutter up a document and make it more time consuming to send to somebody and more expensive to print. Used carefully, pictures enable you to show the reader what you mean. Yes, used the right way, pictures can save many paragraphs of explanation, so perhaps a picture is worth a thousand words—maybe more. If not, there wouldn't be so many pictures in this book, helping to illustrate ideas.

This chapter won't help you decide whether to include pictures. It won't tell you what pictures to use. This chapter will, however, show you where to find pictures if you don't have any, how to insert pictures and other graphics, how to work with pictures once they're in your document, and how to negotiate the precarious relationship between pictures and text.

Inserting Pictures from Files

You can insert pictures in Word in several ways, using pictures from a variety of different graphics formats. We'll look at formats shortly.

If you have pictures on removable media—such as SD (secure digital), CF (compact flash), CD, or DVD—it's usually best if those pictures have been copied to your hard drive before proceeding. While you can insert directly from such sources, or from a LAN or over the Internet, you have more options ...

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