Insert a digital photo into your Word document

If you have a digital camera and a Word document, you can skip the downloading step by inserting the photo of your choice right into the document—and then edit it right in Word. It's a snap, as Mary Ann Richardson explains.

Do you need to copy a photo into your Word document, but the computer you're working on does not have a photo editing program? Or, do you not have permission to download the photo to a particular drive? Not a problem! Word lets you copy a photo right from your camera's memory. Just turn on your camera and plug it into your computer. Then, open your Word document and follow these steps:

  1. Position your cursor where you want the photo to appear in the document.
  2. Go to Insert | Picture | From Scanner Or Camera.
  3. Select your camera from the list.
  4. Select Custom Insert.
  5. Select the picture or pictures you want to insert.
  6. Select Get Pictures.

Once you copy the photo, you can use Word's Picture toolbar to make some basic edits to your photo. For example, you can adjust the contrast and brightness of the picture by clicking on the appropriate button in the toolbar. You can also crop the picture by clicking on the Crop tool, and dragging a handle on the photo to where you want to crop the image. You can also click the Format button to access the Format Object Menu for even more options.

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