Pictures and Text Wrapping

Adding pictures in Word documents can illustrate important information, and in Word text wrapping helps separate words from pictures.

Introduction

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Adding pictures to your document can be a great way to illustrate important information or add decorative accents to existing text. Used in moderation, pictures can improve the overall appearance of your document.

Optional: Download our practice document.

To insert a picture from a file:

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.

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the image to appear.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Placing the insertion point
  2. Select the Insert tab on the Ribbon, then click the Pictures command.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Pictures command
  3. The Insert Picture dialog box will appear. Select the desired image file, then click Insert.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a picture to insert
  4. The image will appear in the document.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The inserted image

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 .

Screenshot of Word 2013Resizing an image

Inserting online pictures

If you don't have the picture you want on your computer, you can find a picture online to add to your document. Word offers two options for finding online pictures:

Previously, you also had the option to insert clip art images from Office.com, but this service has been discontinued. Instead, you can use Bing Image Search to find images for your document.

To insert an online picture:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the image to appear.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Placing the insertion point
  2. Select the Insert tab, then click the Online Pictures command.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the Online Pictures command
  3. The Insert Pictures dialog box will appear.
  4. Choose Bing Image Search or your OneDrive. In our example, we'll use Bing Image Search.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Typing a search term
  5. Press the Enter key. Your search results will appear in the dialog box.
  6. Select the desired image, then click Insert.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Inserting a search result
  7. The image will appear in the document.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The inserted clip art

When adding images, videos, or music to your own projects, it's important to make sure you have the legal right to use them. Most things you buy or download online are protected by copyright, which means you may not be allowed to use them. For more information, visit our Copyright and Fair Use lesson.

Changing text wrapping settings

When you insert an image, you may notice that it's difficult to move it exactly where you want. This is because by default the image is in line with the text. If you want to move the image freely, you'll usually need to choose a different text wrapping setting. The text wrapping for an 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 want the text to wrap around the image in a more natural way.

To wrap text around an image:

  1. Select the image you want to wrap text around. The Format tab will appear on the right side of the Ribbon.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting an image
  2. On the Format tab, click the Wrap Text command in the Arrange group. A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. Hover the mouse over the various text-wrapping options. A live preview of the text wrapping will appear in the document. When you've found the text-wrapping option you want to use, click it. Alternatively, you can select More Layout Options... to fine tune the layout.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a text wrapping setting
  4. The text will wrap around the image. You can now move the image if you want. Just click, hold, and drag it to the desired location. As you move it, alignment guides will appear to help you align the image on the page.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Alignment guides

Alternatively, you can access text-wrapping options by selecting the image and clicking the Layout Options button that appears.

Screenshot of Word 2013The Layout Options menu

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.

Screenshot of Word 2013Turning on the alignment guides

To use a predefined text wrapping setting:

Predefined text wrapping allows you to move the image to a specific location on the page.

  1. Select the image you want to move. The Format tab will appear on the right side of the Ribbon.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting an image
  2. On the Format tab, click the Position command in the Arrange group.
  3. A drop-down menu of predefined image positions will appear. Select the desired image position. The image will adjust in the document, and the text will wrap around it.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a text wrapping setting

Challenge!

  1. Create a new Word document. If you want, you can use our practice document.
  2. Insert a picture from a file into the document.
  3. Resize the picture.
  4. Find a picture with Bing Image Search and insert it into your document. If you are using the example, search for computer and insert it in the New Online Resident Portal section.
  5. Change the text-wrapping setting of one of the images. If you're using the example, change the text-wrapping setting of the computer to Through.
  6. Try moving an image to a new location.