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Microsoft Word: Pictures & Text Wrapping

For Microsoft Office Word 2010 and Word 2007

You've got a great picture to illustrate your text, and you know exactly where you want it to be positioned. When you insert the picture, however, it can not be moved or floats off the page or seems to be cut off, which is not what you had in mind.

When a picture is inserted into your Word document, its default placement is In Line With Text. That is, Word inserts the picture where your cursor is, even though it may not be aligned properly with the text around it. This is an unfortunate default as many times you will want to change the way that text wraps around your image.

If you want to reposition your picture choose from these options:

Picture Tools-Text Wrapping

When a graphic is selected, the contextual Picture Tools > Format tab displays on the Ribbon. In the toolbar, click once on the dog icon to display your text wrapping options (no, I don't know why it is a dog). See below for an explanation of your choices. With most of these text wrapping choices, you can now drag the graphic into position. To more specifically control the placement of the image, pick More Layout Options from the Text Wrapping menu.

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You can also directly apply text wrapping by right-clicking on a picture or other image. Next, position your mouse on Text Wrapping and then pick an option for wrapping or select More Layout Options.

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More Layout Options

Pick More Layout Options from the Text Wrapping menu for accurate control over the position of an image and how text wraps around a picture. For instance, use this dialog box to keep at the same position on a page even if the text around it changes.

Wrapping Styles

Very rarely, do we actually want a picture to be aligned with text using the default In Line with Text option. Using the text wrapping styles in Microsoft Word, you can create documents with just the look you want. Here are examples of text wrapping styles:

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Wrapping Style
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The In Line With Text style insets the graphic in the text at the location of the insertion point. The graphic moves as you add or delete text. The text does not wrap around the graphic; white space extends to the margins on either side of the graphic.

 

 

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The Square style wraps the text around all sides of a square bounding the graphic. The graphic moves as you add or delete text.

 

 

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The Tight style wraps the text around the graphic in an irregular shape bounding the actual image. The graphic moves as you add or delete text.

 

 

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The Behind Text style has no border around the graphic. The graphic floats on its own layer behind the text.

 

 

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The In Front of Text style has no border around the graphic. The graphic floats on its own layer in front of the text.

 

 

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The Top and Bottom style has no border around the graphic. The graphic is positioned horizontally between text which sits at the top and bottom of the graphic.

 

 

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If you add a lot of pictures to your Word documents, you can save yourself extra steps by setting your default preferences for how text automatically wraps when you insert a graphic into your work. For instance, my default is set to Square which I can always change as needed using the steps detailed above. Find out how to change the default option for text wrapping in Word 2010 or Word 2007:

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Right-click on a picture for a shortcut menu of picture formatting options.
 
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Another way to format a picture is to right-click once on the graphic to display a shortcut menu and then left-click once on Format Picture.

 
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