Working with Pictures

Formatting pictures in Word can enhance their appearance. Use and format pictures to better suit your Word documents.


PicturesPictures can be added to Word documents and then formatted in various ways. The picture tools in Word 2007 make it easy to incorporate images into your documents and modify these images in innovative ways.

In this lesson, you will learn how to insert a picture from your computer, change the picture style and shape, add a border, and crop and compress pictures.

Inserting and modifying pictures

To insert a picture:

Picture Dialog Box

Left-click a corner sizing handle, and while holding down the mouse button resize the image. The image retains its proportions.

To wrap text around an image:

Wrap Text

If you can’t get your text to wrap the way you want, click the Text Wrapping command and select More Layout Options from the menu. You can make more precise changes in the Advanced Layout dialog box that appears.

To crop an image:

Crop Image

Corner handles will crop the image proportionally.

To compress a picture:

Compression Settings

You need to monitor the file size of your images and documents that include images, especially if you send them via email. Cropping and resizing an image doesn’t decrease the image file size, but compression does.

Other picture tools

There are many other things you can do to modify a picture. From the Format tab, some of the other useful commands include:

Image Options

To change the shape of a picture:

Picture Shapes

To apply a picture style:

Picture Styles

To add a border to a picture manually:


Picture Border


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