Adding Graphics to Microsoft Word 2007

I’ve been using Word 2007 since it was released, but somehow I’ve not needed to do any real graphical work in it until now.  I was getting frustrated trying to figure out how to add multiple graphical objects into my Word document until I found something which talked about adding a Drawing Canvas.

To do this, you go to Insert / Shapes / New Drawing Canvas.  No, you’re not being dense, it’s way down at the bottom of the dialog.  (If it’s somewhere else more obvious, then I’m missing it.)  Once you’ve added the Drawing Canvas, you have the full Office 2007 graphics engine available to you.  What this means is that you can build up graphics like you may be used to creating in PowerPoint, with grouping, alignment, etc.

The only drawback I’ve found so far is that I can’t paste graphic objects from the Vista Snipping Tool into the Drawing Canvas.  Instead, I find that it works to save the screen snip to a file and then use the Insert / Picture / From File dialog.  A little cumbersome, but not a bad workaround.


Have a thought or opinion?