Anchoring and aligning images

Anchoring images

You can anchor images as a character or to a page, paragraph, or character. The method you choose depends on what you are trying to achieve.

To Page
The image keeps the same position in relation to the page margins. It does not move as you add or delete text or other graphics. This method is useful when the image does not need to be visually associated with a particular piece of text. It is often used when producing newsletters or other documents that are very layout intensive, or for placing logos in letterheads.

To Paragraph
The image is associated with a paragraph and moves with the paragraph. It may be placed in the margin or another location. This method is useful as an alternative to a table for placing icons beside paragraphs.

To Character
The image is associated with a character but is not in the text sequence. It moves with the paragraph but may be placed in the margin or another location. This method is similar to anchoring to a paragraph but cannot be used with drawing objects.

As Character
The image is placed in the document like any other character and, therefore, affects the height of the text line and the line break. The graphic moves with the paragraph as you add or delete text before the paragraph. This method is useful for keeping images in sequence in a procedure (by anchoring them as a character in a blank paragraph) or for adding a small (inline) icon in sequence in a sentence.

To Frame
If the image has been placed in a frame, you can anchor the graphic in a fixed position inside the frame. The frame can then be anchored to the page, a paragraph, or a character, as required.

Aligning images

Once you have established the anchor point of the image, you can decide the position of the image relative to this anchor: this is called aligning the image. Choose from six options: three for aligning the graphic horizontally (left, center, right) and three for aligning the graphic vertically (top, center, bottom). If you want to have finer control of the alignment, use the Picture dialog.

For both the horizontal and vertical positions, start by picking the reference point in the right-hand side drop-down menu, then select in the first drop-down menu among Left, Right or Center. If you select the value From left (or From top for the vertical positioning), you can specify the amount in your selected unit of measurement. In the example below, the upper-left corner of the image will be placed 3 cm from the left margin of the page horizontally and on the top margin vertically.

Fine tuning the alignment with the Picture dialog

Fine tuning the alignment with the Picture dialog

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