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Inserting an Image from AutoCAD into Word
*Applies to: AutoCAD R12, 13, 14, 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005*

Here is a way to insert an AutoCAD drawing into a Microsoft Word document. In AutoCAD, select File>>Export...,choose Windows Metafile (*.WMF) from the Save As Type list, then click the Save button. Now zoom in on the area you want to see of the drawing, because this will be viewable image in Word. Select the objects that you want to export and press Enter.

Now you can open Word, select Insert/Picture, choose the WMF file you just created, then click Insert. You're file is now inserted into your Word document. If you want to resize of the image, just pick the image and use the handles on the frame. To crop or change the color of lines (or objects), double-click on the picture (or right click and select Edit). You can perform some simple picture editing functions from this view. From this view you can crop the picture as well as edit the colors and other characteristics of the objects in the picture. To crop the image, simply change the size of the the frame with the margin rulers that are displayed at the top and left in the view. To alter the colors of the entities, click on the select drawing objects tool, select the entities, then set the line color or other qualities as desired. Once you have completed all the editing of the image simply click the Close picture icon to return to Word text editing mode.

NOTE: When doing this it is best to set the AutoCAD colors to the monochrome and the background to white. This will help to get a feel for what will show up in the image when it is placed into the Word document. If this is not done then the drawing will have a black background.

Submitted by: Mike Verheyden