Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
INSIDE OUT Specify dimensions using your preferred unit of measure
By default, Office displays measurements using the units associated with your
computer’s Region And Language settings, which turns out to be inches in the United States
and millimeters in other countries. Nevertheless, in any Office dialog box, you can
enter dimensions using any of the following units:
● Inches: in or "
● Centimeters: cm
● Millimeters: mm
● Points (a printer’s measurement equal to 1/72 inch): pt
● Picas (a printer’s measurement equal to 12 points, or 1/6 inch): pi
● Pixels (normally 1/96 inch; dots per inch [dpi] can be changed in Control Panel): px
To use one of these units, type the numeric value followed by one of the abbreviations
in the list above. (If you don’t specify the unit, Office assumes you’re using the default
unit.) As soon as you move to a different field in the dialog box, Office converts the
dimension you entered to the default unit.
To change the default unit of measure in Word, Excel, or OneNote, click File, Options. In
the Options dialog box, click Advanced, and then scroll to Display (Other in OneNote).
Under that heading, you’ll find the list of available units of measure. Note that your
setting in one Office program doesn’t affect the other programs. If you want to change
the default setting for all programs (not just Office), visit Region And Language in
When you have several related objects properly positioned in relation to each other, you’ll
want to group them. Doing so makes it easier to move or manipulate all the component
objects as one, and it prevents inadvertently modifying part of the graphic or picture.
A simple example of the benefit of grouping is a logo that comprises two objects: a design
saved as a picture and a slogan in a text box. After resizing and moving the objects
individually until they’re in proper position, select them both. Then, on the Format tab, click the
Group button (see Figure 6-7), and then click Group.