About working with graphics on Web pages

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About working with graphics on Web pages

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Graphic formats in Web pages

The first time you save your file in HTML format, all graphics are converted to .gif, .jpg, or .png format, all of which are image types supported on the World Wide Web. You can use graphics that are provided with Microsoft Office, such as clip art, AutoShapes, text boxes, and WordArt, or create your own graphics in .gif format. If you have Internet access, you can get more graphics from the Microsoft Web Art Resources Web page. When you reopen the Web page in your Office application, you can edit all graphics as you normally would.

Inserting graphics from a file

When you insert a graphic from a file, you can either insert the entire graphic or you can insert a link to the graphic at a fixed location, such as another Web server, or at a relative file location. Linking a graphic to your Web page reduces the size of the page, makes it easier to update the graphic, and makes it easier to share the graphic between different Web pages. In Windows, if you move or copy a Web page to another location, you should make sure that you also move or copy any supporting files — such as graphics, background textures, and bullets — so that you maintain the graphic links to your Web page.


Using art from Office application drawing tools 

You can use AutoShapes, text boxes, and WordArt effects in the files that you save to HTML from your Office applications. After you save your file to HTML format, you can open and view it in a Web browser, or you can open and edit it in any Office application. From your Office application, you can open and edit all drawings that you have saved to HTML format from any other Office application.

Using animated .gif images

You can insert animated .gif images into Office application files. When you save an animated .gif image in HTML format, the animation is preserved. You cannot perform certain editing operations — such as cropping, grouping, or changing the fill, border, or shadow — on an animated .gif image. Make these changes in a program that supports animated .gif editing, and then insert the animated .gif image in the file.

Aligning graphics

The Drawing and Picture toolbars in Office applications provide alignment commands that help you arrange your graphics. Selecting a picture automatically displays the Picture toolbar. To hide the Picture toolbar, right-click a picture, and then click Hide Picture Toolbar on the shortcut menu.