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Microsoft KB Archive/157465

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Article ID: 157465

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q157465


Field codes are not displayed for some linked or embedded objects, such as equations, graphs, charts, and so on.


The object is a floating object, one that is placed on the drawing layer instead of inline. By default, objects and pictures are inserted into Word 97 as floating objects. This functionality is different from earlier versions of Word, in which all objects were inserted inline by default.


You cannot view field codes for floating objects; however, if you convert the floating object to an inline object, you can then view its field codes,

NOTE: Using an inline object instead of a floating object may not give you the effect that you want in your document.

Converting to an Inline Object

To convert a floating object or picture to an inline object, follow these steps:

  1. Using the right mouse button, right-click the object.
  2. On the shortcut menu, click Format Picture or Format Object.
  3. Click the Position tab.
  4. Click to clear the Float Over Text check box.
  5. Click OK.

Viewing Field Codes

You can now view the field codes for the object. To turn all the field codes in your document on and off, press ALT+F9, or follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Under Show, click to select the Field Codes check box.
  4. Click OK.

Inserting Graphic in a Text Box

To insert a graphic image in a text box, do the following:

  1. On the Insert menu, click Text Box.
  2. Draw a text box.
  3. Insert the graphic image into the text box.

With this workaround, you do not need to convert the object to an inline object.


For additional information about floating objects versus inline objects, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

179073 WD: General Information About Viewing and Printing Objects

Additional query words: 8.00 equation graph chart worksheet ole object

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