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The Microsoft Office Ribbon has a convenient gallery of styles to apply to pictures, shown here. It functions much like the Quick Styles gallery in Word for quickly applying formatting to text. But whereas one can create a new text style and add it to the Quick Styles gallery, I haven't been able to find a way to do the same with the Picture Styles gallery. The default styles aren't what I need, and the styles I do need involve changing multiple settings, so a shortcut would be nice. Am I stuck just using the copy-paste format options?

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It looks like the short answer is no, Microsoft Word doesn't allow you to create or edit picture styles.

However I did find a very nice work around on this site. I have added it below:

Microsoft Word 2010 provides no means of creating a style for a picture that you can use to quickly format all of your images in the future. However, you have a workaround involving Quick Parts. Add an image to your document by clicking Insert > Picture and then choosing a picture in the dialog box. Next, click the picture, select the Picture Tools tab, and choose Format. At this point you can adjust how the text should wrap around the picture, indicate whether the text appears on top of the picture, customize a border for the picture, or what have you.

Once you've applied formatting to your satisfaction, click the image to select it and choose Insert > Quick Parts > Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery. Type a name for the image, and choose to save it to the Quick Parts Gallery. Save it in your Building Blocks.dotx file, and click OK.

In the future, you can add this formatted image to a file by choosing Insert > Quick Parts and clicking the image. Then, to change it to the image you actually want in the document, right-click the image, choose Change Picture, and select the new image. The new image will appear in the existing border, thus saving you from having to reproduce the border (and other formatting) each and every time you add a picture to your document.

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Building off the suggestion by Adam, I came up with a simpler solution if you'd like to use the style on multiple images (which is what I like the Quick Styles gallery for). Follow these instructions from Adam's answer to create a Quick Part with the formatting you'd like:

  1. Add an image to your document by clicking Insert > Picture and then choosing a picture in the dialog box.
  2. Next, click the picture, select the Picture Tools tab, and choose Format.
  3. At this point you can adjust how the text should wrap around the picture, indicate whether the text appears on top of the picture, customize a border for the picture, or what have you.
  4. Once you've applied formatting to your satisfaction, click the image to select it and choose Insert > Quick Parts > Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery. Type a name for the image, and choose to save it to the Quick Parts Gallery. Save it in your Building Blocks.dotx file, and click OK.

Instead of inserting the image from Quick Parts and swapping the image with the one you'd like to use for each image in your document, instead,

  1. Insert the quickpart image one time.
  2. Highlight it, and press Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the formatting.
  3. Highlight the image you'd like to apply the style to, and press Ctrl+Shift+V
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Nice improvement! –  Adam May 29 at 19:09

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