Microsoft KB Archive/173499

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Article ID: 173499

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173499


If you insert a picture into an HTML document and make the picture a hyperlink, the picture placeholder text is lost when you save the document.


To work around this problem, manually add the picture placeholder text to the HTML source of the document. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. On the View menu, click HTML Source.
  2. In the HTML Source, look for the reference to the picture that is a hyperlink.

    For example, if you inserted the picture Commbkgd.gif and linked it to MyDoc.html, look for:

    <A HREF="/?scid=mydoc.html"><IMG SRC="COMMBKGD.GIF" BORDER=0 WIDTH=219 HEIGHT=163></A>

  3. Add the Picture PlaceHolder text to the reference you found; for example:

    <A HREF="/?scid=mydoc.html"><IMG SRC="COMMBKGD.GIF" BORDER=0 WIDTH=219 HEIGHT=163 ALT="My Image's Alternate Text"></A>

    In this example, you could substitute "My Image's Alternate Text" for whatever text you want.
  4. On the View menu, click Exit HTML Source.
  5. Save the changes you just made to the HTML Source.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

This problem has been corrected in Word 2000.


Picture placeholder text provides an alternate text-only hyperlink for Internet browsers incapable of displaying pictures. The picture placeholder text appears instead of the picture.

To add picture placeholder text, follow these steps:

  1. Click to select the picture you want to add picture placeholder text to.
  2. On the Format menu, click Picture.
  3. On the Settings tab, enter the alternate text in the Picture Placeholder box, and then click OK.

For additional information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

164342 WD97: Picture Hyperlinks Lost When Saved as HTML

157637 WD97: Placeholder Replaces Image After Adding Hyperlink

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