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Hi everyone,

I've set up a Word file with 2 columns. The document will consist of both text and graphics. When I insert a graphic I usually have to resize it to fit the width of the column, so I wondered if there was a way to automate this, ie. I insert the image and it resizes to fit the width of the column automatically. Is this possible?

Also just a second question: the document has had a set of styles set up. I have 6 points of space below each of the body text paragraphs. This works ok except that when I have a bulleted list (which doesn't have any space after each bullet) there ends up being no space above the paragraph following the bulleted list. I have to manually add space either before the para or after the final bullet point.

Since the document will eventually be handed off to someone else to format, I wanted to make it as easy as possible, so I wondered if there's a way to target the last bullet in a style definition for a bulleted list so that the final bullet only has the 6 points of space after it?

Appreciate any assistance.
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I am looking into the Graphic re-sizing question, but in relation to the spacing.  If you set the default paragraph spacing for a bullet point to 6point then that should only apply it to the last bullet in the group.

I have just checked that and it works on my templates.
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I have just tested the image re-sizing, and in word 2007 inserting a graphic in a column automatically sets the width to the column width.

Which version of MS Word are you using?
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Thanks for the reply,

Sorry you're right about the images resizing. I was looking at a file that a client had given me and the images were smaller. He must have resized them.

Regarding the bullets though, I just tested this. I applied the default bullets that come with Word 2007 and there's 10 points of space after each bullet - not just the last one. Is there something I'm missing here or not doing?
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What process are you using to set the bullet points?

I select all lines together and then apply the style.

I have tested it with a single line and then adding lines after and it works as well.

Can you attach the blank template with the styles in it and I can have a look for you.
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You're right again. I accidentally set the line spacing to multiple when defining that style. Sorry for being so thick. Thanks again.
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