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How to Insert Pictures and Clip Art in Microsoft Word 2010 and 2007

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When you choose an image for your Microsoft Word document, make sure that the image corresponds with the theme of the document. Inserting the image into your document is the easy part; choosing an appropriate image can be more difficult. Your images should not only match the theme of the document, such as a holiday card or a report on parts of the brain, they should also have a similar style to images used in the rest of your document. You may have these images saved on your computer or a CD, or you can use images from Clip Art. Using images with a consistent look and feel help your document look professional and polished.

Insert an Image From Your Computer

If you have a picture on your computer, flash drive, saved off of the Internet, or on a CD< you can insert it straight into your document.
  1. Click the Picture button on the Insert tab in the Images section. The Insert Picture dialog box opens.
  2. Navigate to the location of the saved images, such as My Pictures on your hard drive or a CD.
  3. Click on the image you want to use to select it.
  4. Click the Open button. Your chosen image is inserted into your document.

Insert an Image From Clip Art

Microsoft Word provides images that you can use, free of charge, called clip art. Clip art can be a cartoon, a picture, a border, and even an animation that moves on the screen. Some clip art images are stored on your computer or you can view them online straight from the clip art pane.
  1. Click the Clip Art button on the Insert tab in the Images section. The Insert Picture dialogue box opens.
  2. Type a search term that describes the image you want to find in the Search field.
  3. Click the Go button.
  4. Scroll down to view the returned image results.
  5. Click on the chosen image. The image is entered into the document.

Choose Clip Art Images of the Same Style

You can take your clip art one step further! If you are using multiple images in your document, it looks more professional if they all have the same look and feel. Try searching for clip art based on a style to make sure all of your images are consistent throughout your document!
  1. Click the Clip Art button on the Insert tab in the Images section. The Insert Picture dialogue box opens.
  2. Click the Find More At Office.com at the bottom of the Clip Art pane. This opens your Web browser and brings you to Office.com.
  3. Type a search term that describes the image you want to find in the Search field and press Enter on your keyboard.
  4. Click on the chosen image.
  5. Click on the Style Number. This brings you to several images of the same style that you can use throughout the rest of your document.
  6. Click the Copy to Clipboard button on the image you wish to use.
  7. Navigate back to your document.
  8. Click the Paste button on the Home tab in the Clipboard section or press Ctrl-V on your keyboard to paste the image into your presentation. Repeat the above steps to insert more images of the same style into other slides in your presentation.

When you click the Copy to Clipboard button in your Web browser, you may be prompted to install an ActiveX control. Click Yes to install the ActiveX. This will allow you to copy the image to your Clipboard and paste it in your Microsoft Word document.

Give It a Try!

Now that you have seen how to not only insert pictures and clip art, but also how to search clip art based on styles. This helps your document have a professional look and feel that not many people know about.
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