Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
2. In the text box by the option Office.com Clip Art, type a description of what you want.
For example, a picture of a politician may go well with your report on misbehaving in public.
Type politician in the box.
3. Press the Enter key.
Peruse the results that are displayed. You may have to scroll a bit to see all of them.
4. Click the image you want, or refine your search by repeating Steps 2 and 3.
5. Click the Insert button.
The image is downloaded from the Internet and thrust into your document, looking similar to Fig-
ure 22-1 .
Word sticks the clip art graphic into your text, just like it’s a big character, right where the insertion
pointer is blinking. At this point, you probably want to move the image, resize it, or do other things.
Later sections in this chapter explain the details.
Apparently, the clips are free to use; I don’t see anything saying otherwise. But, then again. . . .
The problem with clip art is that it’s inanely common. That means the image you choose will
doubtless be used by someone else, which gives clip art an air of unoriginality.
Slapping down a shape
Word comes with a library of common shapes ready to insert into your document. Graphics
professionals call the shapes line art. You can call forth line art into your document by following these
1. Choose a predefined shape from the Shapes button menu, found in the Illustrations group
on the Insert tab.
After you choose a shape, the mouse pointer changes to a plus sign (+).
2. Drag the mouse in the document to wherever you want the shape to appear.
Drag down, from the upper-left corner of the shape to the lower right. The shape appears at the
location where you draw it, at a size determined by how you drag the mouse. Some shapes may
require you to click the mouse two or three times to draw a line or create a curve.
The shape you insert floats over your text, hiding your document. To fix it, you use one of Word’s
text wrapping tools. See the section “Wrapping text around an image,” later in this chapter. Also see
the later section, “Grouping images,” for combining simple shapes into more-complex graphics.
Control the shape’s colors and look by using the Format tab’s Shape Styles group. Here are some
things you can do:
To set the shape’s color style, click the Theme Fill button. The theme’s colors are set when you
Choose the Shape Fill button to determine which color to use for the shape’s interior.