Office 2007 Picture Transparency

A very small hack. In Office 2003, once you have inserted a picture you can make it transparent. If you love transparency, you’ll have been disappointed to discover that this function has been removed in Office 2007.

However, there is a way around. It’s a little bit ugly.

  • Insert a regular vector object like a rectangle.
  • Right click -> Format Picture -> Fill
  • Select “Picture or texture fill”
  • Insert your picture
  • Now play with the transparency
  • You may have to remove the “line” outlining the shape

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