Word doesn’t always cooperate. One area where I’ve had trouble is appropriately sizing images in table cells.†
So, you’re taking photos of different sizes, and trying to put them into a table, so that you can have a grid of pictures.
How do you get all the pictures the same size?
First off, start with pictures that are all larger than the cells you’re trying to fill. I suppose all smaller would work too. The point is to get Word to react to each new photo like it did the previous one.
Now, mix three “tricks” together.
- First, go into Table Properties, choose the Row tab, and set your row height. The trick is to go to the drop down menu to the right, and choose “Exactly”. This keeps Word from resizing your rows.
- Next, while still on the Row tab, make sure the checkbox below that titled “Allow row to break across pages” is unchecked. This keeps Word from making your photos all fit in their natural size by breaking the table across pages.
- Lastly, while still within the Table Properties dialog, go to the Table tab, choose Options, and make sure the checkbox titled “Automatically resize to fit contents” is unchecked. This puts a lid on Word’s hyperactivity when it thinks it might be appropriate to resize for you.
Your performance may be OK if you only do some of those three. But the way to make it foolproof is to make sure you do all three.
† I do this a several times a year to make photo seating charts to help learn students’ names.