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Placing Multiple Photos on a Single Sheet of Standard 8½ x 11 Paper

Bunny Schmidt asked about printing four 3x5-inch photos on a standard letter-size sheet of paper. The easiest way is to use your word processor to create a blank page, followed by inserting photos into it. By placing a photo inside a "text box," it can be moved around on a page as needed.

In MSWord, go to Insert>Text Box. In some versions of Word, a box will appear with gray edges. Click any edge and the box will change shape and display a blinking cursor in its upper left corner. In other Word versions, going to Draw>Text Box will turn your cursor into a small cross, with which you can draw a box of the approximate size and shape needed to hold a photo. Then click inside the box.

Now go to Insert>Picture>From File, and browse to a desired photo. Double-click it to insert it into the box. You may have to fine-tune the box's shape to accommodate the picture's size. Grab any edge or corner to do so.

To move a box, click on any edge. When your cursor changes to a four-arrow pointer you can move the picture-bearing box around on the page. Repeat the above steps for each additional photo wanted on the page.

If you choose to print the page, each text box will show up as a frame around its picture. To hide a frame, click on it and go to: Format>Text Box>Colors & Lines>Line>Color and choose No Line.

These frames are called "text boxes" because text can be typed into them and formatted using your standard Word toolbar. This is often done if the page is a flyer of some kind, which would benefit from having key phrases enlarged and displayed as colorful attention-getters.

To have a caption appear under a photo, press ENTER once after clicking into the text box, and type it in. Now move your cursor back to the boxís upper left corner and insert the picture as described above. Then use the "align center" icon in the Word toolbar on both the picture and its caption.

You can insert one or more text boxes into a Word document and have the body text flow around them.

You can choose an insertion point at approximately where you want a text box to appear and then move it around to precisely where it should be. Doing so, however, may cause the box to cover some of the body text. To make the text flow around the box, click on it and go to Format>Text Box>Layout. Then choose from the examples showing various types of text flowing.

Any image can be resized by simply clicking on a corner and moving your mouse accordingly. Dragging a corner will maintain an imageís aspect ratio, while clicking on an edge may cause some distortion as itís adjusted. MSWord also has other image-editing tools, but I prefer doing these things with a regular image-editing program before inserting photos into a word processing page. My favorite is Irfanview - free from Irfanview.com.

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