Microsoft Word 2007 Tips: Part 3

So far in our mini series covering Microsoft Word 2007, we’ve offered tips and tricks to help you get the most from one of the most widely used programs. Last week we covered mail merges which can save you loads of time, and are easy to do. This week we’re going to take a look at some of the options that Word has built in for formating your photos and making them more lively in just a few clicks using Picture Styles.

Microsoft Word 2007 has made it easy for you to format your photos and make them look like you spent a lot of time adding effects.  To make use of these features, you’ll want to start by inserting either a picture or clip art.  You’ll do this by clicking on the “insert” tab, and then clicking either picture, or clip art, depending on what you want to work with. 

Next, you’ll want to make sure that your picture is selected.  If it’s selected, you’ll notice a “picture tools” tab at the top, and then you’ll click on format.


One thing that you will notice under the format tab is a “picture styles” section.  You’ll want to click the arrow (circled above) to expand the list so that you can see all of the different options that you have for styling your pictures (pictured below).


By hovering your mouse over each of the different styles, you will see a live preview of how it will look on your picture before you actually click to apply it. When you find the style that you want, click on it, and it will apply it to your picture. 




That’s all there is to it! On most computers, selecting a picture style will probably cause your computer to run slow. It’s definitely a work-out for your computer, so you may need to give it a few seconds. But be patient, it’ll be worth it.

The examples above only took less than a minute for each one.  It’s the easiest way I’ve found yet for adding something extra to your photos before you post them on the Internet, or send them off to family and friends.