A picture or an object may not appear in a Word 2010 or Word 2007 document

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SYMPTOMS

When you open a Microsoft Office Word 2010 or Word 2007 document that contains a picture or an object, the picture or the object may not appear. This problem may occur in a document that contains a picture, a graphic image, an AutoShape object, or another object.

CAUSE

This problem occurs if you are using a Wrapping style option other than the In line with text option with the picture or with the object. And, one of the following conditions is true:
  • You are viewing the Word document in Draft view or in Outline view.
  • The Show drawings and text boxes on screen option is turned off.
  • The Print drawings created in Word option turned off.
  • The Use draft quality option is turned on.
If you are using the In line with text option with the picture or with the object, this problem may occur if the Picture Placeholders option is turned on.

This problem may also occur if you are experiencing a problem with the video driver.

WORKAROUND

You are using a Wrapping style option other than the "In line with text" option

If you are using a Wrapping style option other than the In line with text option, use one of the following workarounds.

Use the "In line with text" Wrapping style option

To change the Wrapping style option for a picture or for an object to In line with text, follow these steps, as appropriate for your version of Word.
Word 2007
  1. Click the picture or the object.
  2. On the Format tab, click Text Wrapping in the Arrange group.
  3. Click In line with text.
Word 2010
  1. Click the picture or the object.
  2. On the Format tab, click Text Wrapping in the Arrange group.
  3. Click In line with text.
When you use the In line with text option, the picture or the object will be displayed in any view.

If you want to use a Wrapping style option other than the In line with text option, use one of the following workarounds.

Change the view

This problem may occur if you are viewing the document in Draft view or in Outline view. To work around this problem, view the document in one of the following views:
  • Print Layout
  • Full Screen Reading
  • Web Layout
  • Print Preview for Word 2007. For Word 2010: Click File, and then click Print.
Word 2010 and Word 2007 documents consist of separate text and drawing layers. When you use a Wrapping style option other than the In line with text option with a picture or with an object, the picture or the object is inserted into the drawing layer. Word 2010 and Word 2007 do not display the drawing layer when you view the document in Draft view or in Outline view. The drawing layer is displayed in a Word 2010 and in a Word 2007 document when you use any one of the views that are mentioned in this workaround.

Turn on the "Show drawings and text boxes on screen" option

When you turn on the Show drawings and text boxes on screen option, you can view the picture or the object in Print Layout view or in Web Layout view. To turn on the Show drawings and text boxes on screen option, follow these steps, as appropriate for your version of Word.
Word 2007
  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Under Show document content, click to select the Show drawings and text boxes on screen check box.
  4. Click OK.
Word 2010
  1. Click File, and then click Options.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Under Show document content, click to select the Show drawings and text boxes on screen check box.
  4. Click OK.

Turn on the "Print drawings created in Word" option

When you turn on the Print drawings created in Word option, you can view the picture or the object in Print Preview. And, you can print the picture or the object. To turn on the Print drawings created in Word option, follow these steps, as appropriate for your version of Word.
Word 2007
  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Display.
  3. Under Printing options, click to select the Print drawings created in Word check box.
  4. Click OK.
Word 2010
  1. Click File, and then click Options.
  2. Click Display.
  3. Under Printing options, click to select the Print drawings created in Word check box.
  4. Click OK.

Turn off the "Use draft quality" option

When you turn off the Use draft quality option, you can view the picture or the object in Print Preview. And, you can print the picture or the object. To turn off the Use draft quality option, follow these steps, as appropriate for your version of Word.
Word 2007
  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Under Print, click to clear the Use draft quality check box.
  4. Click OK.
Word 2010
  1. Click File, and then click Options.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Under Print, click to clear the Use draft quality check box.
  4. Click OK.

You are using the "In line with text" Wrapping style option

Turn off the "Picture Placeholders" option

When you turn off the Picture Placeholders option, you can view the picture or the object in all views. To turn off the Picture Placeholders option, follow these steps, as appropriate for your version of Word.
Word 2007
  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Under Display document content, click to clear the Picture Placeholders check box.
  4. Click OK.
Word 2010
  1. Click File, and then click Options.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Under Show document content, click to clear the Show Picture Placeholders check box.
  4. Click OK.
Note The Picture Placeholders option does not affect pictures or objects when you use a Wrapping style option other than the In line with text option. The Picture Placeholders option affects pictures and objects when you use the In line with text option in all views except the Full Screen Reading view.

You are experiencing problems with the video driver

If you experience this problem frequently, you may have a problem with the video driver settings or with the Windows Display Properties settings. If the previous workarounds do not resolve the problem, try the following workarounds.

Change the Color quality setting or the screen resolution of the current video driver

To change the color quality setting, follow these steps, as appropriate for your situation.
Windows XP
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. If the Color quality setting is set to Highest (32 bit), change this setting to Medium (16 bit), and then click OK.
If you are still experiencing the problem, change the screen resolution. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. Under Screen resolution, move the slider to the left, and then click OK.
Windows Vista
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. If the Colors setting is set to Highest (32 bit), change this setting to Medium (16 bit), and then click OK.
If you are still experiencing the problem, change the screen resolution. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Under Resolution, move the slider to the left, and then click OK.
Windows 7
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Advanced Settings tab.
  3. Click Monitor.
  4. If Colors is set to Highest (32 bit), change this setting to Medium (16 bit), and then click OK.
If you are still experiencing the problem, change the screen resolution. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Under Resolution, click the arrow and try another resolution, and then click OK.

Change the hardware acceleration setting

Windows XP
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. On the Settings tab, click Advanced.
  3. Click the Troubleshoot tab.
  4. Move the slider to the left to reduce the hardware acceleration, and then click OK two times.
  5. When you are asked if you want to restart the computer, click Yes.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
  1. Click Start, click Run, type desk.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Click Advanced Settings.
  3. Click the Troubleshoot.
  4. If your display driver allows changes, click Change Settings. Move the slider to the left to reduce the hardware acceleration, and then click OK two times.
  5. When you are asked if you want to restart the computer, click Yes.

Obtain an updated video card

If the workarounds that are described in this section help resolve this problem, contact your computer manufacturer for updated video drivers. If you have already upgraded your video card, contact the video card’s manufacturer.

For information about your hardware manufacturer, visit the following Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors/en-us

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Article ID: 918788 - Last Review: September 18, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Word 2010
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