positioning of pictures



I am working on a Masters dissertation in Word 2007 in which I want to use
photographs and captions. Following advice on the boards, I have used Insert
Frame/ photo set to In line - and Insert Caption - which seems to be working
reasonably OK.

However, I am having problems positioning the pictures precisely where I
want them to go with the text. (I am coming from using Publisher for this
sort of thing - but Word is the preferred format for sending drafts to my
tutor so need to get to grips with it).

Basically -
1. How do I position the frame so that the photograph lines up with, say,
the first line of the paragraph? It seems to prefer to be a bit above or a
bit below.
2. If I put a photo/ frame into a paragraph how do I reduce the vertical
wrap so that I don't have large gaps - or a couple of lines of the preceding
paragraph wrapping as well?

I have uploaded a couple of pages to my website in case that helps. The
margins/ gutter are as I'll need them. I have left the header in in case
that's part of the problem (can't think why it should!) (Note - when I tested
the page I got a warning from Symantec but the page should be safe .... the
URL is http:​//www​.well​sprin​gs.or​g.uk/​photo​_posi​tion1​.docx.

Hoping someone can help - I'd rather not do two versions (as in the Word one
and the print-ready one in Publisher!)

Many thanks





Your link doesn't work.

Pull your page that you want people to see up on the screen in front of you
then do a Ctrl-C in the web address and then a Ctrl-V into your posting into
this forum.

Suzanne S. Barnhill

I've looked at your document. The frame at the top of the page is positioned
as follows:

Horizontal: 1.2" relative to Page
Vertical: -1.48" Relative to Paragraph

You can see and edit the frame formatting by double-clicking on the hashed
frame border, which opens the Format Frame dialog.

If you want the picture to be at the top of the page, set the vertical
position as Top Relative to Margin. That will position the frame correctly,
but the photo will still be low until you remove the 12 points Spacing Above
that is applied to the paragraph it is in.

I would advise setting the frame height to Auto. You can leave the 10 points
Spacing After on your caption, or you could use the vertical Distance from
text instead (since your frame has no border, the effect will be the same).

If you position the frames Left or Right Relative to Margin, they will be
aligned with the text. If you make each frame the width of the picture, then
the picture will also be aligned left or right with the text.

FWIW, the building in Bobo-Dioulasso is the Grand Mosque, not the Grande

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA


Thanks so much - that has been a great help! I had forgotten the bit about
the photo being a paragraph - or however I saw it phrased! Hopefully adding
the rest of the photos will not be quite so frustrating!!

Thanks too for the note about the Grand Mosque... my tutor queried it too
:-( I'm flitting back and forth between English and French (which only adds
to the complications and I should probably stick with English - though Word
is brilliant in allowing me to use quotes in French - not do red squiggles
and actually spell-checks the French... so that is a definite plus for the

Many thanks again!



Suzanne S. Barnhill

Your best bet is to rely more on styles. As far as I could tell, your
document was all in Normal style, which you had modified to have 1.5 line
spacing (which will affect every style based on Normal, which is most of
them). A better approach is to use Body Text for the predominant style and
leave Normal unchanged. Then also define a specific style for your photos
and apply that to them.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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