How to Freely Move Pictures in Word

Whenever you insert a graphic into a document, it is inserted “in line with text” by default. This treats the object as if it were text, moving it around the page as text is inserted. You can enable text wrapping on an object to move it around freely, forcing the text to move around to accommodate it.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 24, 2021

Whenever you insert a graphic into a document, it is inserted “in line with text” by default. This treats the object as if it were text, moving it around the page as text is inserted. You can enable text wrapping on an object to move it around freely, forcing the text to move around to accommodate it. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices running Word

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Make Single Picture Moveable

First, open Microsoft Word on your Windows or Mac computer. On Word’s first screen, select Blank document to create a new document. Refer to below image:

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Open a blank Word document

Now, in Word’s editing window, click the Insert tab at the top. See below image:

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Click the Insert tab

Next, under the Illustrations section, click

Pictures > This Device

This lets you add a picture from your computer. See following image:

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Click This Device to locate a picture on your computer

Now, using your File Explorer, navigate to your picture. Double-click the picture to add it to your Word document. Refer to below image:

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Find a picture on File Explorer

Next, on Word’s editing screen, right-click the image that you just added and select

Wrap Text > In Front of Text

from the menu. See below image:

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Locate picture in Front of Text

Your picture is now freely movable. Drag and drop it anywhere you want in your document. See following image:

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The final result

Make All Pictures Moveable

If you would like to make all of your future pictures freely move in your Word documents, you can modify an option in Word’s Settings menu.

First, launch Microsoft Word on your Windows or Mac computer. Now, on Word’s main screen in the lower-left corner, click Options.

Note! If you are on Word’s document editing screen, instead, click File at the top to see Options.

Refer to below image:

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Select Options

Next, select Advanced in the sidebar on the left. See below image:

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Select Advanced

Now, scroll down the right pane to the Cut, copy, and paste section. Locate the Insert/paste picture as option and click the drop-down menu next to it. See following image:

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Locate drop down menu

Next, select In front of text option in the drop-down menu. Refer to below image:

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Select In front of text option

Now, click OK at the bottom of the Options window to save your changes and close the window. See below image:

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Save your changes and exit

From now on, Word will allow you to freely move pictures on top of text in your documents.

You might be thinking about spacing around your text. As is, with the picture being in front of your text, your text is hidden. One way to fix this is using the option Through or Top and bottom of the picture instead of choosing In front of text.

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