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actually GIF ﬁles. They’re more decorative than standard lines and borders, and
ideal for use on Web sites (see Chapter 7).
• AutoShapes are an expanded, elaborate version of the familiar circles and squares
that you create with drawing tools. For instance, AutoShapes include arrows, cubes,
banners, and talking balloons (see page 540).
• Organization Chart opens Microsoft Organization Chart, a specialized mini-pro-
gram that creates corporate charts showing how executives, managers, and assis-
tants relate to one another (see page 663).
•WordArt allows you to change the look of text in a number of wacky, attention-
getting ways. After typing the text, you can stretch, color, and distort it, using
Ofﬁce’s drawing tools (page 540).
• From Scanner or Camera lets you import directly from one of these devices con-
nected to your Mac—sometimes. Its success depends on your model of digital
camera or scanner.
• Chart (Word only) creates a chart from any Excel ﬁle on your Mac. (Of course,
you can use Excel charts in PowerPoint, too. But in PowerPoint, the command is
right on the Insert menu, not on the Picture submenu. See Chapter 13 for details
• Microsoft Word Table (PowerPoint only) opens a dialog box to start building a
spreadsheet-like table (see page 589).
Pictures and Drawings
There are two distinct kinds of graphics in the computer
world, which, in Ofﬁce, are known as pictures and draw-
Pictures include bitmap ﬁles, raster graphics, painting ﬁles,
JPEG or GIF images, photographs, anything scanned or
captured with a digital camera, anything grabbed from a
Web page, and Ofﬁce clip art. What all pictures have in
common is that (a) they’re composed of individual, tiny
colored dots, and (b) you can’t create them using the tools
built into Ofﬁce. You can make pictures larger or smaller,
but if you stretch something larger than original size, it
may look blotchy.
Drawings include AutoShapes, Word Art, and any graph-
ics you create using Ofﬁce’s own drawing tools. Drawings,
also known as vector or object-oriented graphics, are stored
by the Mac as mathematical equations that describe their
size, shape, and other characteristics. That’s a fancy way of
saying that you can resize, rotate, squish, or squeeze draw-
ings as much as you like without ever worrying that they’ll
print jagged or blotchy.
Keeping these distinctions in mind may help you under-
stand why your Ofﬁce programs function like they do when
you work with graphics.
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