by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 12, 2011)
The Clip Art feature in Word allows you to add pictures, sounds, and motion clips to your documents. Motion clips are essentially animated files, such as animated GIF images. While you can insert them into a document, motion clips are primarily intended for use in HTML files. This means that you should save your document in HTML format and then view it in a Web browser, such as Internet Explorer. It also means that there is no way to make a motion clip automatically play in a Word document. (Some types of motion clips won't play at all in a document.)
Even after saving your HTML file, not everyone may be able to view all your motion clips. While animated GIF files will work in any browser, some motion clips may require the use of specific playback drivers that are not available on all systems. If the motion clip will not play for a recipient of your HTML file, it could be because you did not forward the motion clip with the file, or because the recipient does not have the proper drivers installed.
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