Hiding Pictures

Including a large number of in-line pictures in your documents slows down Word's performance. You can improve performance by replacing actual pictures with picture placeholders.

This is more of a problem with large documents with many images, of course, and it was a much more serious problem a few years ago-today's computers, assuming they have sufficient memory, can handle this situation reasonably well. Still, Word allows you hide inline pictures and to display picture placeholders to speed up working with a document.

For example, you can display the pictures while you're inserting and formatting them, and you can hide pictures while you work on the text in your document. A picture placeholder appears as an empty box outlined by thin lines. You can select and work with hidden pictures as though they are displayed.

To speed up scrolling by hiding pictures, choose Tools -> Options to open the Options dialog box, click the View tab, and select the Picture Placeholders check box under the Show group:

Options in Word 2003

In the document all pictures will be show like:

Hiding Pictures in Word 2003

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