Using the Picture context menu

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Many of the options accessible from the Picture toolbar can also be reached by right-clicking on an image to bring up the context menu. Some additional options are only available from the context menu; these are described in this section.

Picture context menu


Opens a dialog where you can set the options for text that goes over a picture. To write text over a graphic, click on the graphic to select it, and then press Enter. There should be a cursor inside the graphic. Any text entered is part of the graphic, so if the graphic is moved the text will move with it.

Position and Size

Opens the dialog shown below where you can change the size, location, rotation, slant and corner radius of the image.

Position and Size Dialog

Original Size

Resets the dimensions of the image to the values when it was originally inserted into the document.


You can add metadata in the form of a title and a description to the image. This information is used by accessibility tools (such as screen reader software) and as ALT (alternative) attributes if you export the document to HTML.


You can add a custom name to be assigned to the image, to make it easier to find in the Navigator.

Tip.png When collaborating with a team on a large, multi-page publication, it may be beneficial to give graphics, figures, and other objects meaningful names and descriptions to aid in clearer communication.


Flips the image either horizontally or vertically.

Assign Macro

Adds programmable functionality to the image. Calc provides rich macro functionality. Macros are introduced in Calc Macros.


To group images:

  1. Select one image, then hold down the Shift key and click in turn on each of the others you want to include in the group. The invisible "bounding box" (with the 8 green handles) expands to include all the selected objects.
  2. With the objects selected, choose Format > Group > Group from the menu bar.

Or hover the mouse pointer over one of the images. When the pointer changes shape from an arrow to a hand, right-click and choose Group > Group from the pop-up menu.

Documentation note.png In contrast to Writer an inserted picture is a drawing object in Calc and therefore you can group it with other drawing objects.

After images are grouped, the context menu provides other choices (Ungroup and Edit Group) and the Format > Group menu includes Ungroup and Enter Group. For more information about grouping, see the Draw Guide.

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