Adding graphics to documents is as easy as a couple of clicks
of the mouse. A graphic can be a picture that came with the software, a picture someone
has drawn or created, animated text, or text within a graphic. Each of these types of
graphics can also be combined with any other type of graphic and linked to create a
When using any of the components of Office 97, go to the Insert menu and you
can insert a variety of types of graphics. Below are examples.
|Pictures (You Create):
Symbols from the established symbol sets in Office97 are the easiest pictures to use in a
document. Think of a symbol exactly as you would any other character on the keyboard, except
that it was entered using a menu and a chart.
In order to insert a symbol or to simply examine the many symbol sets and characters contained
with in each, click on Insert and Symbol.
Just as increasing the font size can change the size of characters, the same is true of symbols.
After inserting the symbol into your document, highlight it and increase the font size to enlarge
Using the AutoShapes feature is another quick and easy method of putting attractive graphics
into your Word documents.
When “AutoShapes” is clicked, the AutoShapes toolbar is displayed on your screen.
Clicking on an AutoShape category, a menu of pre-set graphics drops down. Choose your desired
shape by clicking on it. Your mouse pointer now becomes a large plus sign.
Position the cursor where you would like the shape to be placed in your document. Click the
left mouse button and keep it held down. Drag the mouse to set the size and proportion of
your shape. When finished, release your mouse button.
To make changes to the style applied to your text:
Click on your WordArt to select it. Whenever WordArt is selected, the WordArt toolbar
will appear (as seen below). The WordArt toolbar allows you to do any and all possible
changes to your style.
From this drop-down box you can make the following choices:
| ? No fill
| ? a fill of one color only from the regular color palette
| ? a designed color2
| ? fill effects3
2If you would like to design your own color, click on “More Colors”
and you will get the “Colors” box. This offers a wider variety of color choices.
By clicking on the “Custom” tab, you can create your own colors.
3Using fill effects will make your WordArt more dramatic and eye-catching Access
the fill effects dialog box by clicking on “Fill Effects . . .”. Three types of
effects will be introduced here.
To add a pattern to your text, click on the shown sample. Click the drop-down lists
for background and/or foreground to change either color. When you have completed making
your changes, click “OK”.
Choosing another selection from the WordArt Gallery requires you to select your WordArt
and click on the WordArt Gallery button on the WordArt toolbar.
Select another gallery style by clicking on the sample and clicking on “OK”.
The shape, color scheme and font of the WordArt has now changed.
Should you only want the shape to change, but want to keep the font and colors, click on
the WordArt Shape button on the WordArt toolbar after selecting the WordArt. Next click
on the sample of the shape you wish to apply.
Universal Graphics Menus and Boxes
The quickest and easiest method to modifying graphics is selecting
the graphic, then right click with either the four-prong or double-edged arrow cursor. This
will access the graphics pop-up menu. From here click on “Format . . .”.
The type of graphic selected will be displayed in the menu option. This will bring up a dialog
box with a “Color and Lines” tab which is identical to the tab in
“Formatting WordArt” dialog box you used earlier.
Selecting and/or changing colors, patterns, texture will be done in the same manner. The only
difference in this screen is that you also can apply the same lines. Lines can be arrows, regular
lines, graphic borders, etc.
When layering graphics it is best to “group” them. When grouped together,
the multiple graphics act as one. This makes for easier resizing and moving.
When using graphics, it is also helpful to be familiar with the drawing and picture toolbars.
To have a toolbar visible on your desktop, go to the View menu and click
on “Toolbars.”. Select the toolbar that you wish to have displayed by
clicking on it.