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In Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training, author Maria Langer shows how to create, format, and print a wide variety of documents in Microsoft Word 2011. The course covers building outlines, formatting text and pages, working with headers and footers, using themes and styles, adding multimedia, and more. It also shows how to customize and automate Word 2011, including how to record macros. Exercise files accompany the course.
Once you insert an image into your Word document, you can change its size and apply other formatting options to it. Let's take a look. Our document includes this great picture of the company owner but its way too big. We need to reduce its size. Along the way we will check out some other formatting options. Size first! I am going to start by clicking on the image so that it displays its selection handles. To resize an image without changing its proportions, drag any corner of the image.
As you drag you will see a yellow box showing you what the size is that you are dragging to. So when the width gets to be about 2 inches, you can stop. That's close enough. We also want to rotate this image a little bit. So I am going to position the mouse pointer on the rotation handle of top of the image. That's what this green thing is. When the mouse pointer is there, it gets this little circular arrow on top. I'll press the mouse button down and I'll drag to the left. And as I'll drag the number of degrees appears.
Now the reason is it's a high number is because we're dragging to the left, which is counterclockwise, and it's counting down from 360. When the whole number is around 355, which is what it is here, release the mouse button and it'll change. Let's about 5 degrees tilted to the left. Now clicking the Format Picture button on the ruler displays a few more options. You can use these menus here to apply corrections to the picture. These little icons show you what it will look like with the correction applied.
You can also recolor the image, and you can apply filters to the image. Each of these menus also has a command at the bottom that you can use to fine-tune settings. So you could choose this option down here or if you were using Recolor, you could use Picture Color options down here. We don't want to do any of those things. We are going to keep it simple. If you want to crop a picture, you can click the Crop button, that this one here, and that puts crop handles around the picture. If you want to crop out her crossed arms there only need to do is position the mouse pointer on one of these bottom bars, press the mouse button down, and drag up.
And what'll happen is that the bottom part will become shaded. That's the part that won't show. If I click the Crop button again the picture gets cropped. The area under Picture Styles makes it easy to apply frames to a picture. So that is what all about. If I click this button here, it displays a menu of different frames. So if I wanted to put little frame around this image, I'll keep it pretty simple, just choose this one, it's going to put a frame around the picture a white border with a drop shadow, a very faint drop shadow.
You can also use the Border menu to change the line color and you can also apply effects to it. Shadows, reflections, glows, things like that. I am going to keep this really simple and leave it the way it is. You can also set the transparency of the image, just by dragging the slider. Right now it's not transparent at all but if I drag the slider it will become lighter and lighter and lighter. That doesn't really apply here but maybe you might have something behind the picture or in front of the picture, and you want to be able to see the other thing, you can make it more transparent, and you can access all the pictures settings and more in the Format Picture dialog.
With the picture selected put on the Format menu and choose Picture, and you can set options and all these different categories. You would select a category and then use the options in here to change the way it looks. Make sure you click the different tabs to change the different options. And there are dozens of them in here. For too many to cover in a course, let alone a single video. So you can explore these on your own. Just remember that your best friend might be the Undo command, so if you make a lot of changes and click OK, don't like what you see, you can just undo it and start again.
So as you can see Word goes far beyond the basics to offer a wide range of dormatting options for the images you import in your Word documents. Not only can you resize and crop images but you can rotate them and apply any combination of filters and special effects. Word 2011 makes it unnecessary to prepare images in another application. Instead just bring them into Word, work some formatting magic and the image looks just the way you need it to in your new document.
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