Graphics

Word allows you to insert special characters, symbols, pictures, illustrations, and watermarks.                      

Symbols and Special Characters

Special characters are punctuation, spacing, or typographical characters that are not generally available on the standard keyboard. To insert symbols and special characters:

  • Place your cursor in the document where you want the symbol
  • Click the Insert Tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Symbol button on the Symbols Group
  • Choose the appropriate symbol

 

Equations

Word also allows you to insert mathematical equations.  To access the mathematical equations tool:

  • Place your cursor in the document where you want the symbol
  • Click the Insert Tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Equation Button on the Symbols Group
  • Choose the appropriate equation and structure or click Insert New Equation

 

  • To edit the equation click the equation and the Design Tab will be available in the Ribbon

 

Illustrations, Pictures, and SmartArt

Word allows you to insert illustrations and pictures into a document.  To insert illustrations:

  • Place your cursor in the document where you want the illustration/picture
  • Click the Insert Tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Online Pictures Button
  • A dialog box will open on the screen to search for clip art.
  • Choose the illustration you wish to include and click Insert

To insert a picture:

  • Place your cursor in the document where you want the illustration/picture
  • Click the Insert Tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Picture Button
  • Browse to the picture you wish to include
  • Click the Picture
  • Click Insert

 

Smart Art is a collection of graphics you can utilize to organize information within your document.  It includes timelines, processes, or workflow. To insert SmartArt:

  • Place your cursor in the document where you want the illustration/picture
  • Click the Insert Tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the SmartArt button
  • Click the SmartArt you wish to include in your document
  • Click the arrow on the left side of the graphic to insert text or type the text in the graphic.

 

Resize Graphics

All graphics can be resized by first clicking the image, then to resize the graphic while retaining the same proportions, click an anchor located in one corner of the image and drag the cursor to the size you want. To change the height only, click and drag the top or bottom centered anchor. To change the width only, click and drag the left or right centered anchor.

 

Watermarks

A watermark is a translucent image that appears behind the primary text in a document.  To insert a watermark:

  • Click the Design Tab in the Ribbon
  • Click the Watermark Button in the Page Background Group
  • Click the Watermark you want for the document or click Custom Watermark and create your own watermark
  • To remove a watermark, follow the steps above, but click Remove Watermark