Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Resizing and Rotating Graphics and Pictures
Alternatively, you can move items within the stack by using the Selection And Visibility
pane, shown earlier in Figure 6-4. Select the item to move, and then click a Re-Order arrow
to move the item up (toward the front of the stack) or down (toward the back) in the list of
shapes.
Resizing and Rotating Graphics and Pictures
The techniques for changing the size or the orientation of pictures are similar to those for
positioning objects. You can directly manipulate objects by clicking and dragging, or for
more precise control, you can enter specific values in a dialog box.
To resize an object using the mouse, select the object and then drag one of the sizing
handles (shown earlier in Figure 6-2). Your results might not match your expectations unless
you use these techniques:
To maintain the object’s aspect ratio, use one of the corner sizing handles and hold
down the Shift key as you drag. (For pictures, it’s not necessary to hold Shift to
maintain the aspect ratio. But it doesn’t hurt, and that way you can use a consistent
technique for all object types.)
To keep an object centered in the same location as you change its size, hold down
Ctrl as you drag.
To maintain the aspect ratio and the center location, hold Ctrl and Shift as you drag.
To resize using the keyboard, select the object and then hold Shift as you press an arrow
key. Hold Ctrl+Shift to enlarge or reduce in smaller increments.
You can achieve greater precision when you resize by entering dimensions in the Size group
on the Format tab or in a dialog box. Right-click the object, and choose Size And Position
(Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook) or Size And Properties (Excel). In the resulting dialog
box, you can specify the dimensions or enter a scaling factor, which calculates the size as a
percentage of the object’s current size or original size. Figure 6-6 shows the Format Shape
dialog box in PowerPoint; you’ll find similar options in the other Office programs.
You’ll sometimes want to rotate graphics and pictures in a document. This might be
required because your camera doesn’t automatically rotate pictures when you shoot in
portrait orientation. Or you might want to tilt an item slightly as an artistic effect.
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