BITS & BYTES: Nudge a graphic in a document

2013-07-03T10:40:00Z 2013-07-03T16:02:31Z BITS & BYTES: Nudge a graphic in a documentApril Miller Cripliver Times Business Columnist

Q. I know how to insert graphics into my documents, but is there a way to move them a little bit on the page?

A. You’re asking about the nudge feature that comes with most applications, such as Microsoft Word. You already know that you can insert graphics within a Word document, and that you can position those graphics using the mouse. Sometimes using the mouse doesn't give the greatest amount of control over the placement of an object. For this reason, you may want to only use the mouse to handle the "rough placement" of a graphic. You can then nudge the graphic into its final location.

To nudge a graphic, simply make sure it is selected, and then use the arrow keys. Pressing an arrow key moves the graphic in the direction indicated. If you want even finer control, hold down the Ctrl key as you tap an arrow key. The result is a nudge in that direction by a single pixel. If you want to nudge a graphic one pixel to the right, simply hold down the Ctrl key as you tap the right arrow key.

If this tip doesn't seem to work on your graphics, there is a good chance that it is because of the way you have wrapping defined for the graphic. If the graphic is inline, you cannot nudge the graphic. Format the wrapping of your graphic to any “wrap” setting and your nudging technique will work beautifully.

Q. I have poor eyesight, and so I find myself enlarging my screens quite often using the zoom feature in many applications. Is there an easier way to accomplish this?

A. If you zoom in and out of your documents quite a bit, you may get tired of using the pull-down zoom control on the toolbar. If you have a mouse that has the wheel between the two buttons, you can do a neat trick. All you need to do is hold down the Ctrl key as you turn the small wheel. Each click of the wheel, up or down, increases or decreases the zoom factor by 10%. Rolling the wheel while holding down the Ctrl key will also provide different zoom options for you.

Opinions are solely the writer's. April Miller Cripliver, of Chesterton, has a doctorate in management information systems and is a computer hardware and software consultant. E-mail your computer questions to, and specify your operating system and other pertinent PC information.

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