Graphics in Word 2003
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.
In most cases, it is recommended to use Visio to create diagrams, but in some simple cases, such as company organizational charts, you can successfully use the built-in Word tools.
Use the AutoCaption feature if you want to add captions to all items of a particular type automatically.
Although the Find And Replace dialog box doesn't directly support replacing text with graphics or objects, you can easily perform this action using the Clipboard and the ^c wildcard.
If you need to draw a diagram, such as a flowchart, in the most of cases you need neither Visio, nor PowerPoint, use Word to draw with AutoShapes.
By default, Word makes objects snap (jump) to an underlying grid laid across the document. If you drag an object, such as a shape, you'll notice that it moves in little jerks rather than smoothly. This is because of the grid - but because the grid is normally invisible, it's not obvious.
Word borrows Excel's charting capabilities, which gives you plenty of power to create attractive and convincing charts.
If you use large pictures in a document, its file size increases rapidly. You can reduce this problem by telling Word to compress the pictures.