How to Overlay Images in Microsoft Word

Working with images in Microsoft Word is not necessarily difficult, but there are some tricks to positioning your pictures. If you have two or more images that you want to overlap with each other, this post will show you how.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 13, 2022

Working with images in Microsoft Word is not necessarily difficult, but there are some tricks to positioning your pictures. If you have two or more images that you want to overlap with each other, this post will show you how.

This is for devices using Microsoft Word

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Adjust Image Layout

First, launch Microsoft Word and insert an image. You must be sure you are using a supported layout option. You can check this in three different ways.

  • Select the image and click the Layout Options icon that appears to the right of it.
  • Select the image, go to the Picture Format tab that appears, and click the Wrap Text drop-down arrow.
  • Right-click the image and move your cursor to Wrap Text to display the options in the pop-out menu.

Refer to the below image :

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Selecting Wrap Text option

Next, as to layout options, select Square, Tight, Through, or one of the others; whichever works best for your document. Note! In Line with Text will not work. See the below image:

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Selecting a Layout

Allow Images to Overlap

Now, you may notice when you drag an image close to another in your Word document, you cannot place it on top of another. The other picture may suddenly move out of the way to make room for the one you are dragging.

In order to overlay images in Word, you need to enable this option for each picture you want in the group.

  • Select the image, click the Layout Options icon on the right, and click See More at the bottom.
  • Select the image, go to the Picture Format tab, click Position, and pick More Layout Options.

See the following image:

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Selecting See more options

Next, when the Layout window opens, you should be on the Position tab. But if not, select it. At the bottom of the window below Options, check the box to Allow Overlap, then click OK. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling Allow overlap

Now, insert another image(s) and place it next to or below the original image. Make sure you enable the overlap option for each image that you want to overlay.

Overlay Images

Once all of the above is in place, simply drag your images and overlap them as you please.

If you want a particular picture to be on top, right-click or go to the Picture Format tab and choose to Bring Forward or Bring to Front depending on the number of images you are using and how you want them positioned. See the below image:

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Selecting Bring to Front option

You can take similar action if you want an image in the back. Right-click or go to the Picture Format tab and choose to Send Backward or Send to Back. See the following image:

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Selecting Send to Back option

Next, your final overlapped images will look similar to the below image where we are using the Bring to Front option:

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The finished overlapping images

Overlapping images in Word is not too hard, as you can see. But it’s one of those hidden tricks that can make working with pictures much easier just like placing text on top of an image. I wish I knew about this trick before now.

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