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Editing clip art

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Have you ever wanted to use a clipart, but it had the wrong colors or an element you didn't like? It's actually possible to edit the graphics you find in the clipart gallery. Note that this only works on drawings, not on photographs and not on all drawings either, but it's usually possible. The first step is to ungroup the graphic, so you can work with all of its components. I'll click on the picture and then come up to the Picture Tools Format tab. On the right side of the ribbon there is a button for Group and when I click on it I'll see Ungroup, I'll click on that.

Editing clip art

Have you ever wanted to use a clipart, but it had the wrong colors or an element you didn't like? It's actually possible to edit the graphics you find in the clipart gallery. Note that this only works on drawings, not on photographs and not on all drawings either, but it's usually possible. The first step is to ungroup the graphic, so you can work with all of its components. I'll click on the picture and then come up to the Picture Tools Format tab. On the right side of the ribbon there is a button for Group and when I click on it I'll see Ungroup, I'll click on that.

Now I get an alert window that says, This is an imported picture, not a group. Do you want to convert it to a Microsoft Office drawing object? And I do. Now note that sometimes you might need to do that step twice, but in our case, once will work just fine. The image has now changed into a drawing canvas which we talked about in a previous video. All of the elements of the clipart have been broken up into pieces. To really see the affect of this, click anywhere in the box and perform the keyboard command, Ctrl+A for Select All.

You'll see all the resizing handles for all of the graphic elements, but we don't want to make any changes yet, so go ahead and click outside the box, don't change anything quite yet. The first way that we're going to change our clipart is to recolor it, you'll find an element that you want to recolor and click on it. Depending on the complexity of your drawing it may take your couple tries, but I'm going to click right in the middle of the white part of my apple, and I'm going to go back to the Drawing Tools Format ribbon and I'll click on Shape Fill, and I'll make my apple red.

I'll then click in the middle of my leaf and go up to Shape Fill and make it green, and I'll click in my orange and make my orange, orange. If there are any elements that you like to remove, like this green shape in the background, click on that and simply press Delete on your keyboard. You can also add elements, I'll go back to the Insert tab and find Shapes on the ribbon and drop that down and find the heart, I'll hold down the Shift key to make sure that it's proportional and draw a little heart right between our apple and orange, and I can move it where I want it to go.

After you finish recoloring your image or adding and subtracting elements, it's time to regroup it again, click on any one object and do a Ctrl+A again to select all of them. While you're on the Drawing Tool's Format ribbon, go back over to the Group button on the far right and group the item. Now I have my one image inside my drawing canvas. You can either leave it there or if you like to get rid of the drawing canvas I'll do a Ctrl+X to cut my image. I'll click on the edge of my drawing canvas and hit Delete on my keyboard to delete it.

and then I'll perform a Ctrl+V to paste my image back into my document again. The ability to edit Word's clipart and other GIFs widens the range of graphics you can use in your documents; it also saves you from the vast learning curve of Photoshop and other graphic editors.

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Word 2010 Power Shortcuts

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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 44m 45s
    1. Selecting text for formatting
      7m 0s
    2. Mastering the Navigation pane
      3m 53s
    3. Using the Reveal Formatting pane
      4m 47s
    4. Clearing formatting
      1m 38s
    5. Adjusting paragraph spacing
      4m 58s
    6. Setting tabs using the ruler
      5m 59s
    7. Inserting horizontal lines
      3m 39s
    8. Using AutoCorrect to create abbreviations
      2m 12s
    9. Working with the text wrap features
      4m 58s
    10. Setting defaults for new documents
      5m 41s
  3. 4m 59s
    1. Opening recent files
      3m 2s
    2. Changing the AutoRecover settings
      1m 6s
    3. Changing the default saving location
      51s
  4. 6m 23s
    1. Using KeyTips to select Ribbon commands
      3m 18s
    2. Using keyboard shortcuts and function keys
      3m 5s
  5. 6m 48s
    1. Splitting the screen
      2m 12s
    2. Navigating with Browse by Object
      2m 35s
    3. Using the Go To tab in the Find and Replace dialog
      2m 1s
  6. 25m 50s
    1. Inserting random boilerplate text
      44s
    2. Selecting paste options
      4m 2s
    3. Inserting today's date
      2m 41s
    4. Using Click and Type
      45s
    5. Using Overtype mode
      2m 4s
    6. Cutting to the Spike
      2m 48s
    7. Using advanced Find and Replace techniques
      8m 0s
    8. Editing the dictionary
      2m 53s
    9. Refining grammar options
      1m 53s
  7. 38m 22s
    1. Marking inconsistent formatting
      1m 22s
    2. Applying theme colors vs. standard colors
      3m 30s
    3. Hiding text
      1m 56s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      6m 3s
    5. Working with AutoFormat
      4m 36s
    6. Typing symbols with AutoCorrect
      1m 30s
    7. Inserting nonbreaking spaces
      1m 16s
    8. Inserting diacritical marks
      2m 38s
    9. Creating drop caps
      1m 31s
    10. Inserting and removing hyperlinks
      5m 33s
    11. Refining OpenType text features
      4m 5s
    12. Replicating font formatting
      4m 22s
  8. 20m 33s
    1. Adding first-line indents
      3m 23s
    2. Controlling line and page breaks
      5m 59s
    3. Mastering columns
      5m 21s
    4. Inserting line numbering
      3m 7s
    5. Vertically centering a cover page
      2m 43s
  9. 10m 15s
    1. Modifying a heading style to include a page break
      2m 21s
    2. Using multi-level numbering in heading styles
      3m 15s
    3. Saving style modifications for future use
      3m 5s
    4. Assigning a keyboard shortcut to a style
      1m 34s
  10. 9m 24s
    1. Adding captions to tables, figures, and charts
      3m 28s
    2. Using advanced table features
      5m 56s
  11. 20m 29s
    1. Using a drawing canvas
      2m 50s
    2. Creating transparent colors and removing backgrounds
      4m 1s
    3. Editing clip art
      3m 5s
    4. Cropping a picture with a shape
      2m 24s
    5. Aligning, distributing, and grouping graphics
      3m 24s
    6. Compressing images
      4m 45s
  12. 5m 16s
    1. Inserting text from a file
      1m 4s
    2. Linking Excel objects
      4m 12s
  13. 32m 13s
    1. Setting up odd and even pages
      2m 27s
    2. Formatting page numbering for different document sections
      4m 16s
    3. Inserting bookmarks
      3m 6s
    4. Inserting cross-references
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing a table of contents
      4m 21s
    6. Creating citations and a bibliography
      4m 18s
    7. Using a style reference in a header
      3m 41s
    8. Mastering Outline view
      5m 50s
  14. 12m 48s
    1. Saving ink and paper when printing
      3m 46s
    2. Printing a booklet
      2m 28s
    3. Printing document metadata
      1m 8s
    4. Updating fields before printing
      3m 27s
    5. Embedding fonts in the file
      1m 59s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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