Displaying Clip Art Details

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 6, 2014)

Many people like to use the Clip Gallery included with Word. One of the drawbacks to the Clip Gallery, however, is that you cannot quickly tell the size and format of the artwork you are about to add to your document. You can, however, follow a few simple steps to see a complete rundown on artwork before adding it.

If you are using Word 97 or Word 2000, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Picture from the Insert menu. This displays a submenu.
  2. Choose Clip Art from the submenu. This opens the Clip Gallery, displaying the Insert ClipArt dialog box.
  3. Locate the clip art you are thinking of inserting in your document.
  4. Right-click on the artwork. Word displays a Context menu.
  5. Choose Clip Properties from the Context menu. Word displays the Clip Properties dialog box.
  6. Review the dialog box to learn detailed information about the artwork.
  7. Click on OK or Cancel to close the Clip Properties dialog box.
  8. Continue using the Clip Gallery to review or insert artwork, as desired.

If you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003, you can find out even more information about the artwork. The steps, however, are a bit different:

  1. Choose Picture from the Insert menu. This displays a submenu.
  2. Choose Clip Art from the submenu. Word displays the Insert Clip Art task pane, at the right side of your screen.
  3. In the task pane, click on Clip Organizer. Word displays the Clip Organizer dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Clip Organizer dialog box.

  5. Using the Collection List tree, locate the folder that contains the artwork you are thinking of inserting in your document. The artwork in the folder should appear at the right side of the Clip Organizer.
  6. Hover the mouse pointer of the artwork, then click on the down-arrow that appears at the artwork's right side. Word displays a menu.
  7. Choose Preview/Properties from the menu. Word displays the Preview/Properties dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  8. Figure 2. The Preview/Properties dialog box.

  9. Review the dialog box to learn detailed information about the artwork.
  10. Click on Close to dismiss the Preview/Properties dialog box.
  11. Continue using the Clip Organizer to review or insert artwork, as desired.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

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. ...

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