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I'm taking notes for class and Word doesn't make it easy to draw lines and diagrams when you need them. When I draw a line in Word, let say connecting one text to another, the positioning of the line moves the text or it occludes the text. This is annoying and I was wondering if there is an elegant solution for it. I just need to draw a line (with arrow) from one piece of text to another, but drawing of the line shouldn't move or hide parts of the texts themselves. It's something you could easily do for MS-Paint but it's a great inconvenience if I have to switch between Paint and Word while taking notes in class.

If there isn't a workaround in Word, are there any open source software (for Macs) that let's you do this.


(Actually, I'm drawing two lines from one word, each line connects to a different word; sort of like a tree diagram, but it's proving impossible to do. No matter how I manipulate the lines it always pushes a word to different line or changes the indentation.)
 

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I can't duplicate your problem, but try this: After drawing a line, right click on it and select Format Object. Click on the Layout tab and select either Behind text or In front of text.
 

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I remember seeing that issue way back in the earlier days of Word. The problem was that when you placed a graphic, even just a simple line with or without an arrow-head, is still a graphic, required that the frame the graphic was in to be anchored. The anchor and its frame was invisible (unless you turned on the invisibles). If you added/removed words that repositioned the anchor and the frame that went with it.

To get around the problem you had to get into the properties of the invisible graphic frame and tell it that the frame floated, in no relation to where the anchor was. (You could even have the anchor on one page and the frame on the next.)

Using Word 2007 I see that when you add graphics or shapes (and lines are such) the float-ability is automatically set and I can't even find the invisible frame anymore, if it even exists.

However Word 2007 does these shapes, the problem you describe does not appear to happen like that anymore.

Suggestion: upgrade to Word 2007?
 

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Hey, sorry for the late reply but I already have Windows 2007.

This is my version:
Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac
Version 12.2.8 (101117)
Latest Installed Update: 12.2.8

Anyway, how do you modify the frame and anchor properties??
 

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Okay, I found that bring to front or bring to back doesn't work. But there is an option that says "bring to back of text" (and same for front) that seems to fix this problem.
 

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You said you have 2007 (which is for a PC) and then you said your version is 2008 (which would be for a Mac), so which are you talking about? They may be different.
 

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I understood what you meant, besides there is no Windows 2007. I understood you meant Word in both cases. But 2007 (Word or any other Office program) is for a PC, and 2008 (Word or any other Office program) is for a Mac.

How does anybody go about "upgrading" from one platform to the other? I have never seen any offer allow anyone to change platforms.

I don't have Office installed on my Mac. I have it here, but just never bother installing it. It is going to be awhile before I can get around to that. So, either I will get back to you, or perhaps someone else can respond before I can.

But, most cases, and I think this may be the answer anyway, ...
when and where you see the options for the property of setting for the positioning of the frame, see if there is a control to make your selections the defaults.
 
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