Word 2007 - pasting onto drawing canvas

Discussion in 'Word Graphics' started by Geoff Budd, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Geoff Budd

    Geoff Budd Guest

    I've read a number of threads re the problems of grouping different objects
    in Word 2007 (e.g. pictures and shapes), and the general advice seems to be
    to insert them all into a drawing canvas. That is fine if you are using the
    Insert command for pictures, but it doesn't seem to work if you try to Paste
    a picture into Word 2007.
    Specifically, if I take a screen shot by pressing the Prt Scr button on my
    keyboard, and then try to Paste it into a Word 2007 document that has a
    drawing canvas, it places it in the document but not inside the drawing
    canvas. This means that I cannot effectively group it with other graphic
    objects in the drawing canvas.
    Does anyone know how to force Paste to put a clipboard object inside a Word
    2007 drawing canvas? By the way, I am using the default Word 2007 option to
    insert/paste pictures "in front of text" (i.e. not "in line with text", which
    I understand can cause a problem with grouping).
    I wonder if Microsoft appreciate what a huge step backwards from Word 2003
    to Word 2007 they have taken in grouping objects. After all, you can still
    group different types of objects in Powerpoint 2007 - why the difference for
    Word 2007?
    Geoff Budd, Nov 23, 2009
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  2. I think if you want to insert the picture in the drawing canvas you will
    have to use In Line With Text so that the graphic is inserted at the
    insertion point (that is, in the canvas) rather than anchored to it. But
    ISTR having had some limited success with dragging a picture into the
    canvas, too (after changing the wrapping to inline).

    Suzanne S. Barnhill
    Microsoft MVP (Word)
    Words into Type
    Fairhope, Alabama USA
    Suzanne S. Barnhill, Nov 23, 2009
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  3. Geoff Budd

    Geoff Budd Guest

    Hello Suzanne,

    Unfortunately using In Line With Text doesn't work either. Also, it won't
    let me drag the pasted picture into the canvas.
    Having experimented a bit more, the only thing that does seem to work is to
    paste the picture into a Text Box, then group the text box with other
    objects. How counter-intuitive is that?
    Come on Microsoft - have another look at this!

    Geoff Budd, Nov 23, 2009
  4. Geoff Budd


    I have nothing constructive to add , except to say that I concur with Geoff! It is now (the year) 2011, and this 'bug' has not been addressed. This is exceedingly frustrating.
    , Nov 26, 2013
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