Finding Microsoft Word Clipart
The first step in using Microsoft Office clipart is to find what you need. Whether putting together a report for work, or a certificate of appreciation template in Microsoft Word for a co-worker, there are numerous clipart files installed by default with both Office 2010 and Office 2007. However, an even bigger collection is available online. The best part is that you don't even have to open a browser or go to microsoft.com to find them.
Microsoft Office comes with a handful of additional tools installed alongside the usual Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. These tools are located inside of the tools folder on both the start menu and in the directory structure. For this reason, they are easy to overlook. One of these tools is called Clip Organizer and it provides a quick and easy way to find free clipart to use in MS Word documents.
To start Clip Organizer, click Start -> Programs -> Microsoft Office -> Tools -> Clip Organizer. Once Clip Organizer is opened, click the Search button on the toolbar at the top. Before searching, take a minute to check the Search Options. Be sure to select "All Collections" for the Search In field in order to include all of the clipart files online at Microsoft's Office website. If you are looking for something specifically, for example only images, you can deselect the other options under Results should be.
You may notice that the definition of clipart has expanded in Microsoft Office and now includes not just graphics and pictures, but also video files and audio files as well.
When searching for clipart, keep your search terms simple. This is not some high-powered Internet search engine. Matches are based only on the keywords that the files were tagged with. That means that finding a picture of a kid on a beach is best done by searching for "beach" and then looking through the files that come back.