Pictures and Text Wrapping

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

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