Adding pictures in Word documents can illustrate important information, and in Word text wrapping helps separate words from pictures.
Adding pictures to your document can be a great way to illustrate important information and add decorative accents to existing text. Used in moderation, pictures can improve the overall appearance of your document.
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Watch the video below to learn more about how to add pictures to your documents.
If you have a specific image in mind, you can insert a picture from a file. In our example, we'll insert a picture saved locally on our computer. If you'd like to work along with our example, right-click the image below and save it to your computer.
To resize an image, click and drag one of the corner sizing handles. The image will change size while keeping the same proportions. If you want to stretch it horizontally or vertically, you can use the side sizing handles.
When you insert a picture from a file, you may notice that it's difficult to move it exactly where you want. This is because the text wrapping for the image is set to In Line with Text. You'll need to change the text wrapping setting if you want to move the image freely, or if you just want the text to wrap around the image in a more natural way.
Alternatively, you can access text wrapping options by selecting the image and clicking the Layout Options button that appears.
If the alignment guides do not appear, select the Page Layout tab, then click the Align command. Select Use Alignment Guides from the drop-down menu that appears.
Predefined text wrapping allows you to quickly move the image to a specific location on the page. The text will automatically wrap around the object so it's still easy to read.