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2. The Word Workspace > 11. Create a Custom Button Image

Create a Custom Button Image

Customize your controls with any image you can bitmap—even a favorite photo.

Putting a company logo or even a picture onto a toolbar button can give your Word workspace a truly custom look. Turning any graphic into a toolbar button is easier than it sounds.

The image must be a .bmp, .jpg, or .gif file. The optimal dimensions follow:

  • 16 16 pixels

  • 24-bit color depth

Word will scale oversized or not perfectly square images, but you’ll be more satisfied with the results if you scale and crop the image yourself.

If you want your image to appear cut out, like most of the Word button images, you’ll also need a mask for your image. The mask is a second image that defines the boundaries of the first. To create the mask, blacken the area of the 16x16 square occupied by your image and leave the rest white. The white area of your mask will be filled in by the toolbar color. You can use an image-processing program such as PhotoShop to do this, but many other programs, including SnagIt from TechSmith (http://www.techsmith.com), offer inexpensive image-editing tools.


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