Changing and editing button images

Don't like the little pictures that Microsoft assigned to its tools? Feeling creative? Project enables you to select from a whole set of other button designs, from smiling faces to musical notes, or to edit a button image with picture and color tools.

If anyone else uses your copy of Project, be cautious about changing tool images. Someone who is accustomed to Project's standard tool images may press a button and, unaware of its true function, do damage, or simply not be able to function with your copy of Project. And you aren't immune from forgetting the changes that you made.

To change the images that appear on tools, follow these steps:

1. Choose ViewsOToolbarsOCustomize to open the Customize dialog box.

2. Click the Commands tab.

3. Click a tool on any toolbar that you have displayed. (To display a toolbar, select it on the Toolbars tab of this dialog box.)

4. Click the Modify Selection button, and select Change Button Image. The popup palette of images appears, as shown in Figure 23-27.

5. Click an image that you want to use.

Note To return an image to its original setting, choose Modify SelectionoReset Button Image.

6. Click Close to close the Customize dialog box after you finish.

Tip ToolTips still work with modified buttons and are a great help in remembering what function a button performs. Just pass your mouse pointer over any tool, and * its original name appears.

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Rather than replacing the button image with a predefined picture, you can edit the existing picture by modifying the pattern and colors on it. For example, if two tools seem similar to you, you can differentiate them by applying a bright red color to either one. Button images comprise many tiny squares called pixels. By coloring in the pixels, you can form an image. You can use a color palette and the individual pixels to modify button images or even draw an entirely new image.

To edit a button image, follow these steps, starting from the Customize dialog box Commands tab:

1. Click a tool on any displayed toolbar, and then click Modify Selection.

2. Select the Edit Button Image command to open the Button Editor dialog box, as shown in Figure 23-28.

Figure 23-28: The small Preview window helps you see how changes to individual picture pixels will appear on the button image.

3. Try the following techniques:

• To make changes to an image, click a color block in the Colors palette and then click an individual pixel.

• To remove color from a pixel, click the Erase block in the Colors palette and then click the pixel.

Tip To color in or erase a large area of pixels, click a color in the palette or the Erase block, click a pixel, and then drag your cursor in any direction to color or erase * multiple pixels in one motion. Release your cursor to stop painting or erasing the pixels.

• To see more of a large button that doesn't fit in the Picture box, use the Move arrows to move up and down or from side to side to display the image's edges.

4. Click OK to save your changes and to return to the Customize dialog box. Click Close to return to your Project screen.

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