Inline versus floating graphics

Article contributed by Bill Coan

Graphics can be inserted into a document "inline" rather than floating in the draw layer. When a graphic is inserted this way, it behaves in almost all respects like a text character. That is, it flows on the page the same way text flows. It honors the paragraph alignment and line spacing attributes of the containing paragraph and so on. It can be cut or copied to the clipboard and pasted elsewhere (or dragged and dropped) like a piece of text, either by itself or with the text that it is inline with.

A graphic can be switched between floating and inline states simply by right-clicking and choosing Format Picture, then:

One nicest features of floating graphics is that they allow you to wrap your text around the visible area of a graphic, as opposed to wrapping it round a rectangle, making it look highly professional (see article: How to wrap text around the visible area of a graphic).

For information on some of the less less desirable features of floating objects, and how to work around them, see article: The draw layer: a metaphysical space (and how to bring it back down to earth)