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
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:
Now, in Word’s editing window, click the Insert tab at the top. See below image:
Next, under the Illustrations section, click
Pictures > This Device
This lets you add a picture from your computer. See following image:
Now, using your File Explorer, navigate to your picture. Double-click the picture to add it to your Word document. Refer to below image:
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:
Your picture is now freely movable. Drag and drop it anywhere you want in your document. See following image:
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.
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Next, select Advanced in the sidebar on the left. See below image:
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:
Next, select In front of text option in the drop-down menu. Refer to below image:
Now, click OK at the bottom of the Options window to save your changes and close the window. See below image:
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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