Adding Clip Art
To add a clip art image from the Microsoft library to a document,
follow these steps:
- Select Insert|Picture|Clip Art from the menu bar.
- To find an image, click in the white box following Search
for clips. Delete the words "Type one or more words.
. ." and enter keywords describing the image you want to
- OR -
Click one of the category icons.
- Click once on the image you want to add to the document and
the following popup menu will appear:
- Insert Clip to add the image to the document.
- Preview Clip to view the image full-size before adding
it to the document. Drag the bottom, right corner of the preview
window to resize the image and click the "x"
close button to end the preview.
- Add Clip to Favorites will add the selected image
to your favorites directory that can be chosen from the Insert
ClipArt dialog box.
- Find Similar Clips will retrieve images similar to
the one you have chosen.
- Continue selecting images to add to the document and click the
Close button in the top, right corner of the Insert
ClipArt window to stop adding clip art to the document.
Add An Image from a File
Follow these steps to add a photo or graphic from an existing
- Select Insert|Picture|From File on the menu bar.
- Click the down arrow button on the right of the Look in:
window to find the image on your computer.
- Highlight the file name from the list and click the Insert
Editing A Graphic
Activate the image you wish to edit by clicking on it once with
the mouse. Nine handles will appear around the graphic. Click and
drag these handles to resize the image. The handles on the corners
will resize proportionally while the handles on the straight lines
will stretch the image. More picture effects can be changed using
the Picture toolbar. The Picture toolbar should appear when
you click on the image. Otherwise, select View|Toolbars|Picture
from the menu bar to activate it.
- Insert Picture will display the image selection window
and allows you to change the image.
- Image Control allows to to make the image grayscale,
black and white, or a watermark.
- More/Less Contrast modifies the contrast between the
colors of the image.
- More/Less Brightness will darken or brighten the image.
- Click Crop and drag the handles on the activated image
to delete outer portions of the image.
- Line Style will add a variety of borders to the graphic.
- Text Wrapping will modify the way the document text wraps
around the graphic.
- Format Picture displays all the image properties in a
- Reset Picture will delete all the modifications made
to the image.
The AutoShapes toolbar will allow you to draw many different geometrical
shapes, arrows, flow chart symbols, stars, and banners on the document.
Activate the AutoShapes toolbar by selecting Insert|Picture|AutoShapes
or View|Toolbars|AutoShapes from the menu bar, or clicking
the AutoShapes button on the Drawing toolbar. Click each
button on the toolbar to view the options for drawing the shape.
- Lines - After clicking the Lines button on the AutoShapes
toolbar, draw a straight line, arrow,
or double-ended arrow from the first row of options
by clicking the respective button. Click in the document where
you would like the line to begin and click again where it should
end. To draw a curved line or freeform shape,
select curved lines from the menu (first and second buttons of
second row), click in the document where the line should appear,
and click the mouse every time a curve should begin. End creating
the graphic by clicking on the starting end or pressing the ESC
key. To scribble, click the last button in the second
row, click the mouse in the document and hold down the left button
while you draw the design. Let go of the mouse button to stop
- Basic Shapes - Click the Basic Shapes button on the AutoShapes
toolbar to select from many two- and three-dimensional shapes,
icons, braces, and brackets.
Use the drag-and-drop method to draw the shape in the document.
When the shape has been made, it can be resized using the open
box handles and other adjustments specific to each shape can be
modified using the yellow diamond handles.
- Block Arrows - Select Block Arrows to choose from many
types of two- and three-dimensional arrows. Drag-and-drop
the arrow in the document and use the open box and yellow diamond
handles to adjust the arrowheads. Each AutoShape can also be rotated
by first clicking the Free Rotate button on the drawing
Click and drag the green handles around the image to rotate it.
The tree image below was created from an arrow rotated 90 degrees.
- Flow Chart - Choose from the flow chart menu to add flow
chart elements to the document and use the line menu to
draw connections between the elements.
- Stars and Banners - Click the button to select stars,
bursts, banners, and scrolls.
- Call Outs - Select from the speech and thought
bubbles, and line call outs. Enter the call
out text in the text box that is made.
- More AutoShapes - Click this button to choose from a
list of clip art categories.
Each of the submenus on the AutoShapes toolbar can become a separate
toolbar. Just click and drag the gray bar across the top of the
submenus off of the toolbar and it will become a separate floating