Formatting the Game Board
Adding Pictures and Text to Game Board Templates
|If you choose to download
one of the Game Board Templates
to modify in Word you will need to do a bit of formatting or tweaking to
make it fit together with your images or text. A level of frustration
can be avoided if you use the undo arrow (see below) in Word when
your game board no longer looks the way you desire. Word will undo
actions until the file is saved.
Your own pictures or clipart can be added to the game board templates, but they will need to be formatted and possibly resized.
To add a picture click Insert from the top menu line...Picture...From File...and locate where your image is stored (for example: 3 1/2 Floppy A: or a folder on C:)
Choose the picture file name and click the Insert button.
Use the resize tool to make the image smaller or larger. Move the mouse to a corner of the picture. When it becomes a line with arrows at both ends, click and drag inward to make the image smaller. When it becomes a line with arrows at both ends, click and drag outward to make the image larger. Note: this could distort the image.
Click the Layout tab (in Word 97 the term used will be wrapping) and pick tight.
Click OK. The image will can now be moved anywhere on the game board using the onscreen move tool or arrow keys on the keyboard.
Move the mouse over the image until it changes into 2 crossed arrows. This is the move tool (see below). When the mouse changes into this shape, click and drag it to the desired location. The image will appear as a dashed box.
To change the color of a game square, double click the square and select the desired fill color. Click OK.
If text is to be added to the game board layout it is best accomplished through the use of the text box feature. The text box tool can be found in the Drawing toolbar at the bottom of your screen. (Note: If a toolbar has been removed it can be replaced by clicking View from the top menu line...Toolbars...check the desired toolbar.)
Click and drag the mouse in the desired location on the game board to draw the textbox.
To format the textbox, click it one time. Click Format from the top menu line...textbox (this will be the last option in the dropdown menu). To remove the line that will appear around the box click the Colors and Line Tab and choose the No Fill option under Lines.
Format Layout for the textbox in the same manner as clipart (see directions above). Click OK. The textbox can be moved in the same way as pictures. To view the move tool you must place the mouse over the border lines on the text box.
Choose to move image to Front, Forward, or in Front of Text.
(NOTE: This last option is not available in older versions of Word.)