Move pictures

Usually, moving a picture is as simple as dragging it with your mouse.

But sometimes it doesn’t work. For example, when you move the picture, the text around it might get messed up.

The key to getting the results you want is to click the Layout Options icon:

Layout Options icon

  1. Click View > Print Layout.

  2. Click a picture.

  3. Click the Layout Options icon.

  4. Choose the layout options you want:
    Layout Options box

    For example, to bring your picture in front of the text and set it so it stays at a certain spot on the page, click In Front of Text (under With Text Wrapping), and then click Fix position on page.
    Or, to wrap text around the picture but have the picture move up or down as text is added or deleted, click Square (under With Text Wrapping), and then click Move with text.

Can’t select a picture?

The picture is probably behind another object, like a block of text:

Example of a picture behind a block of text

To select the picture, use the Selection pane:

  1. Click Home > Select > Selection Pane.

  2. In the Selection pane, click the picture.

Want more control?

To move a picture a tiny amount, select the picture, then hold down the Ctrl key and press an arrow key.

To move several objects at the same time, group them together:

  1. Click the first object.

  2. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the other objects.

  3. Right-click one of the objects, point to Group, and then click Group.

And for absolute control over the position of a picture, use the Picture Layout box. This comes in handy when you want to place a picture a certain distance from something else, like a page margin.

  1. Click the picture.

  2. Click the Layout Options icon.

  3. Click See more.

If you can’t select any of the position options, click the Text Wrapping tab, and then click any option, except In line with text.

More information

In earlier versions of Word, when you added a picture, Word automatically added it “in line with text.” This meant that Word treated the picture like a (big) letter. Adding or deleting text to the left of the picture moved the picture sideways, just like a piece of text. Word even increased the line height for you so the picture wouldn’t get cut off.

Now, when you add a picture, Word places it between lines of text (using the Top and Bottom option in the Layout Options box). Adding or deleting text above the picture still moves the picture up or down the page, but you no longer have worry about text moving the picture left or right.

You can still set the picture to move in line with text by clicking the Layout Options icon, and then clicking In Line with Text.

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