Wrap text around a picture in Publisher

This topic tells you how to control the way text flows around a picture or WordArt in a publication. By changing the flow of text, you can change the relationship between the text and the picture.

Note: This topic does not cover aligning text along curved lines (you can't do this in Publisher) or flowing text into columns. To learn how to rotate text so that it reads vertically or how to control the flow of text, click a link in the See Also section.

Before you find out how to wrap text, it's important to understand the differences between working with text in print and Web publications.

Text and picture in print publications

In print publications, you have several options for how text wraps around a picture so that you can place pictures wherever you want.

Note: To find out if you are in a print publication, look at the title bar. It displays either Print Publication or Web Publication, depending on the type of publication you have open. A print publication is a publication that you start from a print publication wizard or a blank print publication. Print publications are designed to be printed rather than published to the Web.

The following examples illustrate common text wrapping options.

four text wrapping options illustrated

1. Top and Bottom  Text stops at the top of the picture's frame and continues after the bottom of the frame. If a picture is at the top or bottom margin of a publication when you choose this option, text wraps around only the bottom or top of the picture.

2. Tight  Text wraps around the outline of the picture itself rather than around the frame. Another option, Through, is similar to Tight but, for some pictures, causes text to wrap even more tightly around the picture's outline.

3. Square  Text wraps around the frame rather than around the picture itself.

4. None  Text acts as if the picture isn't there and can go under or over the picture, depending upon the order of the objects. (To change the order of a picture, click it and then point to Order on the Arrange menu.)


  • If your print publication includes a table, keep in mind that you can't wrap the text in tables around pictures or WordArt.

  • If you convert a print publication to a Web publication, the text wrapping that you set in the print publication will be lost.

Text and pictures in Web publications

In Web publications, you can't use the automatic text wrapping tools in Publisher to wrap text around pictures.

Note: To find out if you are in a Web publication, look at the title bar. It displays either Web Publication or Print Publication, depending on the type publication you have open. Web publications are publications that you start from a Web site wizard or a blank Web page. Web publications are designed to be published to the Web rather than printed.

This means that:

  • If you place a picture on a paragraph of text in a Web publication, the picture will either cover up the text behind it or be covered by the text (depending upon how you set the order of the picture by using the Order command on the Arrange menu).

  • You can place pictures and text side by side, but you need to use multiple text boxes to get the results you want.

    To learn how to create a text box and connect text boxes so that text flows from one box to another, click a link in the See Also section of this topic.

How to wrap text around a picture

To control how text flows around a picture, you set a wrapping style for the picture:

  1. Click the picture.

  2. On the Format menu, click Picture, and then click the Layout tab.

  3. Click the Wrapping Style you want, and then click OK.


  • If you're wrapping text around WordArt, click WordArt instead of Picture on the Format menu.

  • If you don't see Wrapping Style options on the Layout tab, you're in a Web publication. You can't wrap text in Web publications.

  • In a table, you can't wrap text around a picture or WordArt. The Wrapping Style options are available when you click a picture in a table, but clicking an option won't affect the text.

  • To learn how to fine-tune a wrapping style by changing the shape of a picture's frame or the distance between the text and picture, click a link in the See Also section of this topic.

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