Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.
With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company.
Learn more about Allen...
Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Scaling Graphics in a Macro.
You may have a need to routinely scale graphics in your document by a certain percentage. Using the menus to do the scaling can get tiresome, so you may want to do the scaling by using a macro you can assign to a toolbar button or a shortcut key. The following macro will handle doing the scaling very nicely:
Sub PictSize() Dim PercentSize As Integer PercentSize = InputBox("Enter percent of full size", _ "Resize Picture", 75) If Selection.InlineShapes.Count > 0 Then Selection.InlineShapes(1).ScaleHeight = PercentSize Selection.InlineShapes(1).ScaleWidth = PercentSize Else Selection.ShapeRange.ScaleHeight Factor:=(PercentSize / 100), _ RelativeToOriginalSize:=msoCTrue Selection.ShapeRange.ScaleWidth Factor:=(PercentSize / 100), _ RelativeToOriginalSize:=msoCTrue End If End Sub
The macro first asks for a percentage by which you want to scale the selected image, offering 75 (75%) as the default. When you specify a percentage, the macro then checks to see if the selected graphic is an inline or a floating graphic. The reason for doing this is that the object specification is different in each case, as well as how the scaling is specified. Inline objects belong to the InlineShapes collection, while floating objects are set using the ShapeRange object.
If you want to resize all the graphics in your document by the same percentage, then you only need to modify the above macro so that it steps through each of the inline graphics and then each of the floating graphics.
Sub AllPictSize() Dim PercentSize As Integer Dim oIshp As InlineShape Dim oshp As Shape PercentSize = InputBox("Enter percent of full size", _ "Resize Picture", 75) For Each oIshp In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes With oIshp .ScaleHeight = PercentSize .ScaleWidth = PercentSize End With Next oIshp For Each oshp In ActiveDocument.Shapes With oshp .ScaleHeight Factor:=(PercentSize / 100), _ RelativeToOriginalSize:=msoCTrue .ScaleWidth Factor:=(PercentSize / 100), _ RelativeToOriginalSize:=msoCTrue End With Next oshp End Sub
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7694) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Scaling Graphics in a Macro.
Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!