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An effect may not scale when you adjust the size of an object in Excel 2007, in Word 2007, and in PowerPoint 2007


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Symptoms

When you apply an effect to an object and then adjust the size of the object, the effect may not scale in proportion to the size of the object. This behavior may occur in objects that are scaled much smaller or much larger than the original object. Additionally, this behavior may occur in objects to which any one of the following effects have been applied:
  • Shadow
  • Reflection
  • Glow
  • Soft Edges
  • Bevel
  • 3-D Rotation

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Cause

This behavior may occur because many of the new effect settings are specified in discrete units of measurement, such as picas or pixels. The new effect settings are not specified in a size that is relative to the size of the object to which the effect is being applied. That is, the effect settings are not specified in a percentage or in a ratio.

For example, an effect setting, such as the width of a bevel, is set to 25 points. You apply this effect to an object. Then, you increase the size of the object 100 percent. In this case, the bevel effect setting remains unchanged. This effect setting does not increase to 50 points.

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Workaround

To work around this behavior, adjust the effect settings of the object after you adjust the size of the object. To adjust the effect settings, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the object to which you applied the effect.
  2. Click Format.

    Note The menu command may vary depending on the program and on the object that you selected.
  3. In the Format Object dialog box, click the appropriate tab, and then adjust the effect settings.
As a best practice, do not apply effects until after you adjust the size of the object.

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More information

The effect settings are part of the new drawing capabilities that are integrated into Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and into Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. The new drawing capabilities are also integrated into the following objects:
  • SmartArt objects in Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Office drawing objects in Excel 2007 and in PowerPoint 2007
  • Excel 2007 chart elements
However, the effect settings for these objects are typically not affected by this behavior.

Note An Office drawing object that is created in Word 2007 does not have all the new capabilities that are included in objects that are created in Excel 2007 and in PowerPoint 2007. Therefore, objects in Word 2007 are typically not affected by this behavior.

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Keywords: KB913836, kbexpertisebeginner, kbgraphic, kbprb, kbformat, kbtshoot

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Article Info
Article ID : 913836
Revision : 6
Created on : 10/15/2007
Published on : 10/15/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 342