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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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Inserting images from other sources

You can insert images from sources other than a file:

  • Graphics program
  • Scanner
  • OOo Gallery

Graphics program

You can use many different graphics programs to edit a graphic file. From these programs, you can select, copy, and paste an image or part of a graphic into an OOo document. The figure below shows an example of this procedure, which can be recreated with these steps:

  1. In the graphic program window, select an area of the image to be copied.
  2. Move the cursor over the selected area and press Control+C to copy.
  3. Switch to the OOo Writer window.
  4. Click to place the cursor where the graphic is to be inserted.
  5. Press Control+V to paste the image.
Using a graphics program.


If a scanner is connected to your computer, OOo can call the scanning application and insert the scanned item into the Writer document page as an image. To start this procedure, place the cursor where the graphic is to be inserted and select Insert > Picture > Scan > Select Source.

Although this practice is quick and easy, it is unlikely to result in a high-quality image of the correct size. You may get better results by scanning material into a graphics program and cleaning it up there before inserting the resulting image into Writer. Gallery

The Gallery contains objects (graphics and sounds) that you can insert into your documents. The Gallery is available in all components of OOo. For an introduction to the Gallery, see Chapter 11 (Graphics, the Gallery, and Fontwork) in the Getting Started guide.

To select a graphic from the Gallery and drag it into the document:

  1. Click on the Gallery icon Image:GalleryIcon3.png (located in the right side of the Standard toolbar) or choose Tools > Gallery.
  2. Select the theme containing the image you want to insert.
  3. Click on the image with the left mouse button, then drag and drop the image into the document. You can also right-click on the object and select Insert > Copy.

The figure below shows an example of an image dragged from the Gallery.

Inserting an image from the Gallery.

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