How To Get Pictures To Stand Still In Word


The solution sounds complex because there are a lot of steps, but in fact, it’s very simple. If you’re running Word 97, right-click on the picture in your document and pick Format Picture . On the Position tab, check the Float over text box. If the Move with text box is checked, uncheck it. If it’s not checked, select Page in Vertical From: and click on OK , which will put you back in the document. If your picture moved, click and drag it where you want it to stay—and if you’ve followed the instructions correctly, it will.

If you’re using Word 2000, my favorite Windows and Office guru, Woody Leonhard ( ), offers this advice: Right-click on the picture and select Format Picture . Then, on the Layout tab, pick a text-wrapping style. Do you want text to wrap tightly around the floating picture or do you want the picture to appear above or below the text? If you don’t care, Woody suggests you pick In front of text so picture and text can be lined up.

If, on the other hand, you want the picture to float—that is, to move with the text—click on Advanced . On the Picture Position tab, uncheck the Move object with text box and click on OK .

Whew! Thank you for all that finger exercise, Bill Gates.

Reader Feedback

The August 2001 issue presented a way to shade alternate rows in Excel worksheets so they look like a columnar pad. A reader, Jason S. McKeever, a technology trainer at Eide Bailly LLP of Fargo, North Dakota, suggested a faster way:

Select the worksheet you want to format and highlight all of it by double-clicking in the box to the left of the A row and above the 1 column.

Then click on Format and Conditional Formatting . When the Conditional Formatting screen appears, click on the arrow to the right of Cell Value Is until Formula Is appears, and enter the following formula in the box: =MOD(ROW(),2)=1

Then click on Format and select the color or shade you want to apply to the alternating rows and click on OK. That will format the entire worksheet in one step.


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