Microsoft KB Archive/173289

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Article ID: 173289

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

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When you insert a subdocument containing a graphic into a master document, the graphic seems to disappear and does not print.


The graphic is formatted as Float Over Text (click Picture on the Format menu, and then click the Position tab), and you are not in a view that displays Float Over Text objects.


To enable the graphic to be displayed and printed in a master document, use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Change Views

On the View menu, click either Page Layout or Online Layout.

Method 2: Change Object to "Inline"

Format the graphic as an inline object by removing the Float Over Text formatting. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open the subdocument that contains the object.
  2. Select the graphic.
  3. On the Format menu, click Picture.
  4. Click the Position tab.
  5. Click to clear the Float Over Text check box.
  6. Click OK.


Microsoft Word documents consist of separate text and drawing layers. Master document view, normal view, and outline view do not display objects in the drawing layers. Page layout, online layout, and print preview are the only views that can display the drawing layers of a Word document. Floating objects reside on one of the document's drawing layers and, therefore, are visible only in page layout, online layout, and print preview views.

For information about floating objects, inline objects, and the layers of a Word document, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

167738 WD97: Can't See or Manipulate Objects (and Other Odd Behavior)

161692 WD97: Problems With Float Over Text Objects

155802 WD97: Word Doesn't Find "Float Over Text" Objects

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