In Word, how do you position images and wrap text?
By default, when you insert a graphic into a document, it is inserted in line with the text. This behaves as if the object were text, moving it around the page as the text is inserted. You can enable text wrapping on an object so that you can freely move it around, forcing the reader to move around to accommodate it.
Text Wrapped Around an Object
Text wrapping is the interaction of an object in your document with the text surrounding it. There are several options for controlling how tightly text wraps around an object.
- Choose the object
A “Layout Options button appears in the top-right corner to select an object.
- Select Layout Options from the drop-down menu.
You can choose to keep the object in line with the text or wrap it in text. The icon for each option represents how closely the text will wrap around the thing.
You can also put the object in front of or behind the text.
- Choose one of the options.
The text is wrapped, moving to make room for the object.
You can also access text wrapping options by clicking the “Wrap Text” button on the Layout tab.
Place an Object
You can use the Position menu to place an object on the page automatically.
- Choose the object.
Different ribbon groups will show up at the end of the ribbon, depending on the type of object selected. When you choose a picture, the Picture Tools ribbon group appears, and when you select a shape, the Shape Tools ribbon group appears, and so on.
A Format tab will be present in each of these ribbon groups.
- In the new ribbon group, select the “Format tab.“
- In the Arrange group, click the Position button.
This menu allows you to keep the object in line with the text or position it in one of nine automatic positions on the page.
When you select one of these positions, the text will automatically wrap around the object instead of moving with it.
- Choose one of the options.
The object is moved to the position you specify.
You can also choose More Layout Options to open the Layout dialogue box, where you can fine-tune where the object appears on the page.
Aligning an Object with Text
You can move objects by clicking and dragging, but you can also use Word’s alignment guides to ensure they align with text and other things.
- Click the Align Objects button with the object selected in the Format tab.
The Use Alignment Guides option is available in the Align Objects menu. The alignment guides are enabled if it is already checked.
- Select the Use Alignment Guides option if it is not already checked.
- Drag the object with your mouse until green alignment guides appear.
When the object is dragged near something that can be aligned to, these alignment guides will appear and disappear.
Tips: You can also enable grid lines, which appear in the background like graph paper, to aid in alignment. View Gridlines can be accessed via the Align Objects menu or by checking the Gridlines check box on the View tab.