Wrap text around a picture

Applies to: Word for Office 365, Word for Office 365 for Mac, Word 2019, Word 2019 for Mac, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2016 for Mac, Word for Mac 2011.

  1. Pick the picture.
  1. Choose Wrap Text or Layout Options.
Layout image button on a selected picture
  1. Confirm your desired layout.

Tip: In Line with Text inserts the picture in a paragraph, just as if it were text. The picture will shift position as text is added or removed. The other choices allow you to rearrange the picture around on the page, with text flowing around it.

For more info on text wrap options and wrap points, see Text wrapping options.

Position a picture in the upper-left corner of a document

You can add a picture in the top left corner of a document and have the text flow around it.

Text wrapped to the right and below an image
  1. Pick a picture.
  1. Select Picture Format or Format > Position, and below Format with Text Wrapping, press Top Left.
The Position button on the ribbon

Tip: You can drag the image around the document and align it based on your personal preferences. Apply custom changes to word wrapping by choosing Format > Wrap Text > More Layout Options.

Position a picture in the centre of a document

You can insert a picture in the centre of a document and have the text flow around it.

Text wrapped around all sides of an image
  1. Choose a picture.
  1. Click Picture Format or Format > Wrap Text > Square.
The Wrap Text options on the ribbon
  1. Pick Position > More Layout Options.
  1. On the Position tab, click Alignment, and switch the drop-down field to Centred.
  1. Beside relative to, select Page, and press OK.

Note: You can drag the image around the document and align it any way you like. Make custom changes to word wrapping by clicking Format > Wrap Text > More Layout Options.

Use wrap points to adjust text flow around a shape

You can add an image in your document and make the text flow around it in a way that follows the shape of the image.

Tip: For best results, use a picture with a transparent, white, or solid colored background.

Text wrapped around a diamond-shaped image
  1. Pick a picture and drag it to the middle of the page, or your desired location.
  1. Select Picture Format or Format > Wrap Text > Tight.
The Tight wrap text option on the ribbon
  1. On the Format tab, click Remove Background.
The Remove Background icon on the ribbon

Note: You cannot delete the background from vector images.

  1. Choose anywhere beyond the image to view how the text has wrapped around the image.

Fine-tune text wrapping

If there’s too much space between the text and your image, you can set the wrap points manually.

  1. Choose the picture, and select Picture Format or Format and press Wrap Text > Edit Wrap Points.
The Edit Wrap Points option for Wrap Text on the ribbon
  1. Drag the black wrap points closer or farther away from your picture until you achieve the desired look. Drag the red line to form extra wrap points.

For more details on text wrap options and wrap points, see Text wrapping options.

Position a picture in line with text

Pictures inserted in alignment are linked to the place within the text where they were added and are treated like any text character — “in line with text.” They instantly move with the surrounding text.

  1. Pick a picture.
  1. Select Picture Format or Format and press Wrap Text > In Line with Text.

Ensure that a picture stays put

You can guarantee that your picture remains fixed as text is created or erased.

  1. Choose a picture.
  1. Click Picture Format or Format and press Wrap Text > Fix Position on Page.

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