Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Selecting Graphics and Pictures
In Word and Outlook you can, in effect, peel the text off the page and lay it in front of the
stack of graphics. PowerPoint can also place a slide’s text in front of the stacked graphics,
but the implementation is slightly different; in PowerPoint, slide text (with a transparent
background) is itself stored in a placeholder (a type of graphics container), so placing the
text in front of other graphics is simply a matter of bringing that layer to the front. Graphics
in Excel always remain in front of text and numbers in cells, so you need to be sure that you
move your graphics to a place where they don’t cover important data.
Selecting Graphics and Pictures
To work with a graphic or picture after it is placed in a document—whether you want to
move it, resize it, adjust its colors, or whatever—you must select it. The simplest way to
select an object is to click it. A selected object is shown with a frame, as you can see in
Figure 6-2.
Rotate handle
Sizing handles
Figure 6-2 A selected picture or graphic has a frame with handles.
Selecting Text Boxes and WordArt
When you click a text box or a WordArt object, the frame initially appears as a dashed line,
as shown in Figure 6-3. With the frame in this state, you’ll also notice the appearance of an
insertion point or a text selection, for this is the way you edit the text in such objects. To
work with the object itself rather than the text it contains, move the mouse pointer to the
dashed line, where it changes to a four-headed arrow, and click. The insertion point or text
selection disappears, and the frame becomes a solid line. To return to text editing, click the
text inside the frame. Alternatively, once an object is selected, you can toggle between text
selection and object selection by pressing Enter and Esc. Table 6-1 shows other keyboard
shortcuts for selecting objects.
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