How to wrap text around an image in Microsoft Word

Sometimes you can run into a problem if you copy a picture and paste it into a Word document. The image is not in the right place, and it starts shifting around when you edit the text in your document. It is because you have not chosen the correct wrapping style. Read how to insert a picture in Word and wrap text around it to achieve the best layout. This article shows you how to wrap text around an image or picture in Microsoft Word.

How to wrap text around an image in Word

There are five different methods to access Text Wrapping and choose the correct wrapping style. There are some advantages and disadvantages to each approach. We will show you step by step how to use each one of these methods.

Use the Format tab under Picture Tools

Every time you insert a picture in Word, something new appears in your ribbon, called Picture Tools. Remember to click on the picture to view the Picture Tools > Format.

There are two different ways to use the Format tab under Picture Tools in the ribbon.

Select Wrap Text under Format in the ribbon

Follow these steps below to use a different wrapping style:

  1. Click once on the image
  2. Go to Picture Tools > Format
  3. Click on Wrap text
  4. From this selection > Choose one from these six different wrapping styles

The advantage is that you can see the preview of each wrapping style when you hover with your mouse cursor on it. If you like to see other options, click on More Layout Options highlighted in the picture. It will open the Layout dialog box explained further in the article.

Wrap text around a picture in Microsoft word

Select Position under Format in the ribbon

Follow these steps below to change the text wrapping:

  1. Click once on the image
  2. Go to Picture Tools > Format
  3. Click on Position
  4. Under With Text Wrapping > Choose one of these nine different options

You can see the preview if you hover with your mouse cursor on each one of these options. The advantage is that it shows more wrapping styles. Here you can also open the Layout dialog box by clicking on More Layout Options. This method is explained further in the article.

how to wrap text around a picture in microsoft word

Wrap text around an image using the Layout Options icon

You can also use the blue Layout Options icon:

  • Click once on the image to view an icon
  • On the right of the image > Click on the blue Layout Options icon
  • Under With Text Wrapping
  • Select one of these six different wrapping styles

The advantage is that you can easily access this icon, and it also shows the preview of each wrapping style. Click on each of these wrapping styles to see how it looks in your document. If you click on > See more in the below picture, you will open the Layout dialog box explained further in the article.

how to wrap text around a picture in microsoft word

Right-click on the image to open the Context Menu

Or you could also right-click on the image to change its wrapping style:

  • Right-click on the image
  • Select > Wrap Text
  • Then choose one of these six different wrapping styles

You can see the preview of each wrapping style by clicking on each option. The advantage is that it is easy and fast to use the right-click button on an image. To open the Layout dialog box, you can click on Size and Position or More Layout Options, highlighted in the below picture.

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Open the Layout dialog box to wrap text around an image

It is easy to access the Layout dialog box. Each of our methods explained allows you to open the Layout dialog box. The Layout dialog box has other options. In the Layout box, you should be in the Text Wrapping tab to see the wrapping styles. Here you can also see seven different wrapping styles. However, you can’t wrap text around an image in Microsoft Word with the first wrapping style called > In line with text.

  • Click on the Text Wrapping tab at the top
  • Under Wrapping style > Click on one of these six pictures
  • Lastly, click > OK

The disadvantage is that you can’t see the preview of each style if you click on it. Remember that you can only Wrap Text for these three wrapping styles; square, tight, and through.

Layout text wrapping

Conclusion

After reading this article, you have managed to insert a picture in Microsoft Word and wrap text around it. You can access the wrapping styles in five different ways. You can use the Format tab under Picture Tools by clicking on Position or Wrap Text. Right-click on an image to view the context menu, use the Layout Options icon, or open the Layout dialog box. There are many wrapping options you can consider using when you insert an image in Microsoft Word. We hope you enjoyed reading this article!

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