I have been spending a lot of time at my computer working on writing patterns recently, and I wanted to share a quick tip that has been helpful in my pattern writing with you today. Note that this tip is specific for Microsoft Word.
First, I want to touch on Image Layout Options. When you insert an image into a Word document, you can choose many different layout options for formatting. To get to the Layout Options for an image, you can simply select an image and the icon that appears to the right of the selected image is the Layout Options menu. Another way to get to the Layout Options menu is to right click on an image and select Wrap Text from the drop down menu that appears.
Within the Layout Options menu, you can choose to have an image in line with the text or there are several text wrapping options. If the image is alone on a line, I leave the In Line with Text option selected. If I am going to embed the image beside descriptive text, I usually select Tight Text Wrapping.
Once Tight Text Wrapping is selected, the image can be left click selected and drug around the file. When an image is aligned with key elements of a file like the right margin or top of lines, green snap lines appear. As you can see in the image above, I have a grouping of images that are all snapped to the edge of the right margin.
Another menu that I use a lot when I am working with images is the Size and Position menu. To access the menu, right click on the image and select Size and Position in the drop down menu. (Note the Wrap Text menu is the option just above Size and Position).
When I have a series of images in a row, I like for them all to be the same size. In this case, the images are different widths, so in this case I wanted to set all the image Height values to be the same. Once I get the first image about the size I want, I go to the Size and Position menu and write down the Height. Then I go to each image and set the Height in the Size and Position menu to be the same (0.48″ in this case).
Once this group of images are the same height, it became obvious that the widths of the images were different with the alignment against the right margin. To keep align the images so that the graphic is the same size and doesn’t jump around the screen, I selected one of the widest images and went to the Position tab within the Size and Position menu. Under the Horizontal portion of the menu, I wrote down the Absolute position information (6.66″ to the right of Column) and then applied that to the first of the smaller images.
To quickly apply the position to the 3 remaining images, I simply selected the next image and used the quick key F4.
I hope this quick series of tips works well for you. Do you have any particular formatting tricks that you use frequently or do you have questions on how to do something within Word that you have not figured out yet?
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