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Moving Borders

Monday, November 6th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Moving Borders

Ever find that your image has a border that’s just simply too close?

Maybe you want to display a border around your image and you get this:

When in fact, you were hoping for something a little closer to this:

What did you do to fix the situation?

Did you try dragging one of the sizing handles to move the border out, only to be disappointed by the enlargement of the image too?

Or, did you draw a separate rectangle, bring the image to the front and then group the rectangle and the image?

Now, I know the second attempt worked, but it’s a bit of a pain. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to simply move the border of the image outward?

Yes, I agree. That is probably the best solution. The question is how?

Well, what you need to do is “uncrop” the image, so begin by selecting the image.

Then, from the Picture toolbar, click the Crop button.

Now, go to the image and while holding down the Ctrl key, drag a corner cropping handle away from the image. (Using the Ctrl key and a corner handle will cause the border to move out from the center of the image in all directions simultaneously. Without the Ctrl key, you’ll find that you’re only moving the borders that create the sizing handle you’re using).

Release the mouse button and the Ctrl key when you’ve got the border placed to please you.

There you have it. A quick drag (with a bit of key help) and your image borders are just where you want them. Yes!

~ April

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