Wrap text in Word

After you have inserted a picture or drawing object into a Word document (see Insert pictures in Office for information), you can use a variety of tools to position the item relative to the page and text. This article explains all the ways you can access the text wrapping options and some common examples.

For detailed information on moving and positioning pictures and objects in Word 2016 and Word 2013, see Use Word Layout Options to move pictures.

What do you want to do?

Finding the text wrapping options

Items on the Wrap Text menu
  1. Click a picture or object to select it.

  2. Click the Picture Tools or Drawing Tools Format tab, and in the Arrange group, click Wrap Text.

  3. Choose the style of wrapping you'd like to use.

Options on the Position menu

These options position a picture or object in a fixed place relative to the page and automatically wrap text around it.

  1. Click a picture or object to select it.

  2. Click the Picture Tools or Drawing Tools Format tab, and in the Arrange group, click Position.

  3. Choose the position and wrapping style you'd like to use.

Text Wrapping tab in the Layout box

  1. Click a picture or object to select it.

  2. Click the Picture Tools or Drawing Tools Format tab and in the Arrange group, click Wrap Text, and then click More Layout Options.

    More Layout Options on the Wrap Text menu

  3. In the Layout box, on the Text Wrapping tab, choose the wrapping style you'd like to use.

Layout Options box

  1. Click a picture or object to select it.

  2. Click the Layout Options icon.

  3. Choose the layout options you want.

Examples of common text wrapping scenarios for pictures

You can add a picture in the top left corner of a document and have the text flow around it.

Square, top left

  1. Click a picture to select it.

  2. On the Format tab, click Position, and under Format with Text Wrapping, click Top Left.

    Top left wrap text

    Tip: You can drag the image around the document and align it any way you like. Make custom changes to word wrapping by clicking Format > Wrap Text > More Layout Options.

You can add a picture in the center of a document and have the text flow around it.

Square, centered

  1. Click a picture to select it.

  2. On the Format tab, click Wrap Text > Square.

    Wrap Text Square

  3. Click Position > More Layout Options.

  4. On the Position tab, under Horizontal, select Alignment, and change the drop-down field to Centered.

  5. Next to relative to, select Page, and click OK.

    Note: You can drag the image around the document and align it any way you like. Make custom changes to word wrapping by clicking Format > Wrap Text > More Layout Options.

You can add an image in your document and make the text flow around it in a way that follows the shape of the image.

Tip: Choose a picture with a transparent, white, or solid colored background for best results.

Wrap points

  1. Select a picture and drag it to the middle of the page, or wherever you want it.

  2. On the Format tab, click Wrap Text > Tight.

    Wrap Text Tight

  3. On the Format tab, click Remove Background.

    Remove Background

    Note: You cannot remove the background from vector images.

  4. Click anywhere outside the image to see how the text has wrapped around the image.

  5. Next to relative to, change the drop-down to Page, and click OK.

Fine-tune text wrapping

If there's too much space between the text and your image, you can set the wrap points manually.

  1. Click the picture, and on the Format tab, click Wrap Text > Edit Wrap Points.

    Edit Wrap Points
  2. Drag the black wrap points closer or farther away from your picture until you're happy with its appearance.

    Tip: Drag the red line to create additional wrap points.

Pictures inserted in line are tied to the place within the text where they were inserted and are treated like any text character—"in line with text." They automatically move with the surrounding text.

  1. Click a picture to select it.

  2. On the Format tab, click Wrap Text > In Line with Text.

You can make sure that your picture stays in place as text is added or deleted.

In Word 2016 and Word 2013:

  1. Click a picture to select it.

  2. On the Format tab, click Wrap Text > Fix Position on Page.

    Note: In Word 2010, you can lock a picture in place on a page by locking its anchor: Click the picture, click Position on the Format tab, click More Layout Options, and then select Lock anchor at the bottom. Note that anchors are not used with inline pictures.

See also

Use Word Layout Options to move pictures (Word 2016, Word 2013)

Rotate a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture

Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects

Crop a picture or a shape with a picture fill

What do you want to do?

  1. If the picture or object is on a drawing canvas, select the canvas. If the picture or object is not on a drawing canvas, select the picture or object.

  2. On the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Position.

    Word Ribbon Image

    If the Arrange group is collapsed and Position isn't visible, click the Arrange button, and then click Position.

    Click the wrapping position that you want to apply.

    Tip: Drag the picture or object if you want to change its position on the page. The text wrapping adjusts to the object in its new location.

  3. To change how the text flows around the object, or make other changes to the wrap settings, in the Arrange group, click Text Wrapping and then click the option that looks best.

  1. Click the table.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, in the Table group, click Properties.

    Table Properties

  3. Under Text Wrapping, click Around.

    To set the horizontal and vertical position of the table, the distance from surrounding text, and other options, under Text Wrapping, click Positioning, and then choose the options that you want.

Wrap text automatically when you draw a table

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Tables group, click Table.

    Word Ribbon Image

  2. Press CTRL while you click Draw Table.

  3. Draw the table.

    The text automatically wraps around the table.

    For more information about drawing a table, see Draw a table.

Text wrapping breaks are used to separate the text around objects on Web pages. For example, you can use a text wrapping break to separate caption text from body text.

text-wrapping break

1. Text break in the caption

  • Click your Web page where you want the wrapped text to end.

  • On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Breaks, and then click Text Wrapping.

    Word Ribbon Image

Note: Text wrapping breaks are formatting marks that aren't usually visible in your document. If you want to view these breaks, turn on the formatting marks by clicking Show/Hide Button image in the Paragraph group on the Home tab. The text wrapping break character ( text-wrapping break ) indicates a text wrapping break.

See also

Rotate a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture

Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects

Crop a picture or a shape with a picture fill

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