From Word 2007’s Help file:
What happened to the From Scanner or Camera option for adding pictures to a document?
The From Scanner or Camera option for adding pictures to a document is not available in Microsoft Office Word 2007. Instead, you can add pictures from your camera or scanner by downloading the pictures to your computer first and then copying them from your computer into Word.
The second part of that is true enough. You can do it that way. The second part, however, is not necessarily true. In Word 2003, the command used was InsertImagerScan. You can access this functionality in Word 2007 in either of two ways:
Assign the InsertImagerScan command to a keyboard shortcut
Enshrine the InsertImagerScan command in a macro, then put that macro onto the Quick Access Toolbar.
Assign to a keyboard shortcut
Choose Office buttonðWord OptionsðCustomizeðKeyboard shortcuts: Customize.
Set Categories to All Commands.
Set Commands to InsertImagerScan.
Click in Press new shortcut key: and press a key combination you’d like to use (I used Ctrl+Shift+Alt+I).
Now, press the key combination you assigned. I get the following dialog:
I don’t have a scanner attached, but I do have several cameras… and I was able to insert a “live” picture from my camera. I see no reason this wouldn’t work with a scanner, as well.
Place a macro onto the Quick Access Toolbar
First, you’ll need a macro. In the Developer ribbon, click Macros->type InsertImagerScan->click Create. This should give you something like the following:
‘ InsertImagerScan Macro
‘ Inserts one or more images from a scanner or digital camera
On Error GoTo Nope
1. Close the VBA editor, then right click the Quick Access Toolbar and choose Customize Quick Access Toolbar.
2. Set Choose commands from: to Macros.
3. In the list, click on InsertImagerScan.
4. Click on Add.
5. If you want to give the macro a better icon, click on Modify, pick an icon, then click OK-> OK.
That done, you can now use the new tool.
Caveat 1: I’m running Vista, and I don’t know if this works in Windows XP. However, I don’t see why it wouldn’t, unless it doesn’t.
Caveat 2: This feature was not tested in Word 2007, and might not work with all scanners and cameras. So, if you encounter problems, you can chalk it up to “progress,” and use Microsoft’s “work-around” (i.e., use the software that came with your camera or scanner to capture the picture first, then use the Insert Picture from File tool).