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Wrap text around a picture in Word

Wrap text around a picture

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  1. Select the picture.

  2. Select Wrap Text or Layout Options.

    The Picture Format > Arrange panel with Wrap Text selected

  3. Select the layout you want.

    Tip: In Line with Text puts the picture in a paragraph, just as if it were text. The picture will change position as text is added or removed. The other choices let you move the picture around on the page, with text flowing around it.

For more info on text wrap options and wrap points, see Text wrapping options.

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

Text wrapped to the right and below an image

  1. Select a picture.

  2. Go to Picture Format or Format > Position, and under Format with Text Wrapping, select Top Left.

    The Position button on the ribbon

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

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

Text wrapped around all sides of an image

  1. Select a picture.

  2. Go to Picture Format or Format > Wrap Text > Square.

    The Wrap Text options on the ribbon

  3. Select Position > More Layout Options.

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

  5. Next to relative to, choose Page, and select 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: For best results, use a picture with a transparent, white, or solid colored background.

Text wrapped around a diamond-shaped image

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

  2. Go to Picture Format or Format > Wrap Text > Tight.

    The Tight wrap text option on the ribbon

  3. On the Format tab, select Remove Background.

    The Remove Background icon on the ribbon

    Note: You cannot remove the background from vector images.

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

Fine-tune text wrapping

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

  1. Select the picture, and go to Picture Format or Format and select Wrap Text > Edit Wrap Points.

    The Edit Wrap Points option for Wrap Text on the ribbon
  2. Drag the black wrap points closer or farther away from your picture until you're happy with its appearance. Drag the red line to create additional wrap points.

For more info on text wrap options and wrap points, see Text wrapping options.

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. Select a picture.

  2. Go to Picture Format or Format and select Wrap Text > In Line with Text.

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

  1. Select a picture.

  2. Go to Picture Format or Format and select Wrap Text > Fix Position on Page.

Configure text wrapping around a picture or drawing object

  1. Select the picture or object.

  2. Go to Picture Format or Shape Format and select Arrange > Wrap Text.

    Click Wrap Text to select how text wraps around a picture or drawing object.

    If the window is wide enough, Word displays Wrap Text directly on the Picture Format tab.

  3. Choose the wrapping options that you want to apply.

    For example, In Line with Text, Top and Bottom, and Behind Text.

Change the position of a picture or drawing object relative to the text

  1. Select the picture or drawing object.

  2. Go to Picture Format or Shape Format and select Arrange > Position.

    Click Position to set the position of the table relative to the surrounding text.

    If the window is wide enough, Word displays Position directly on the Picture Format tab.

  3. On the Position menu, choose the type of positioning that you want, or select More Layout Options to choose advanced layout options.

    On the Position menu, select the position for the selected picture or drawing object relative to the surrounding text.

Configure text wrapping around a table

  1. Control + Click the table, and then select Table Properties.

    If you don't see Table Properties on the shortcut menu, Control + Click in a different part of the table.

  2. In Table Properties, under Text Wrapping, select Around.

    Click Around to have text wrap around the selected table.
  3. To change the distance of the table from surrounding text, select Positioning, and then in Table Positioning, set measurements under Distance from Surrounding Text.

    Set the space between the selected table and body text under Distance from surrounding text.

Wrap text around a picture or drawing object

  1. Select the picture or object.

  2. Select Format and then under Arrange, select Wrap Text.

    Word Arrange group

  3. Choose the wrapping option that you want to apply.

    Tip: To change a picture or drawing object's position on the page relative to the text, select the picture or object, select Format > Position, and then select the position that you want.

Wrap text around a table

  1. Click the table.

  2. Click the Table Layout tab, and then under Settings, click Properties.

    Table Layout tab, Settings group

  3. Under Text Wrapping, click Around.

  4. 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.

    Tip: When you use the Draw tool to create a table (located on the Tables tab, under Draw Borders), you can automatically apply text wrapping by holding down OPTION while you draw the table.

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