Pictures and Text Wrapping


To insert a picture from a file:

 

If you have a specific image in mind, you can insert a picture from a file. In our example, we'll insert a picture saved locally on our computer.

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the image to appear.

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Select the Insert tab on the Ribbon, then click the Pictures command.

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The Insert Picture dialog box will appear. Select the desired image file, then click Insert.

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The image will appear in the document.

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To resize an image, click and drag one of the corner sizing handles . The image will change size while keeping the same proportions. If you want to stretch it horizontally or vertically, you can use the side sizing handles .

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Inserting online pictures

 

If you don't have the picture you want on your computer, you can find a picture online to add to your document. Word offers two options for finding online pictures:

  • Office.com clip art: This search option allows you to access Microsoft's online collection of free clip art, providing you with a large selection of images from which to choose.

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Bing Image Search: You can use this option to search the Internet for images. By default, Bing only shows images that are licensed under Creative Commons, which means you can use them for your own projects. However, you should go to the image's website to see if there are any restrictions on how it can be used.

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To insert an online picture:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the image to appear.

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Select the Insert tab, then click the Online Pictures command.

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  1. The Insert Pictures dialog box will appear.
  2. Type a search term in either the Office.com clip art or Bing Image Search field. In our example, we'll search for Office.com clip art.

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  1. Press the Enter key. Your search results will appear in the dialog box.
  2. Select the desired image, then click Insert.

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The image will appear in the document.

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You can also insert an image from your OneDrive (previously called SkyDrive) or other online accountsthat may be linked with your Microsoft account, such as Facebook or Flickr. Select the Insert tab, then click the Online Pictures command.

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Changing text wrapping settings

 

When you insert an image, you may notice that it's difficult to move it exactly where you want. That's because by default the image is in line with the text. If you want to move the image freely, you'll usually need to choose a different text wrapping setting. The text wrapping for that image is set to In Line with Text. You'll need to change the text wrapping setting if you want to move the image freely or if you'd like the text to wrap around the image in a more natural way.

 

To wrap text around an image:

  1. Select the image you want to wrap text around. The Format tab will appear on the right side of the Ribbon.

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  1. On the Format tab, click the Wrap Text command in the Arrange group. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. Hover the mouse over the various text wrapping options. A live preview of the text wrapping will appear in the document. When you've found the text wrapping option you want to use, click on it. Alternatively, you can select More Layout Options... to fine tune the layout.

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The text will wrap around the image. You can now move the image if desired. Just click, hold, and drag it to the desired location. As you move it, alignment guides will appear to help you align the image on the page.

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Alternatively, you can access text wrapping options by selecting the image and clicking the Layout Options button that appears.

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If the alignment guides do not appear, select the Page Layout tab, then click the Align command. SelectUse Alignment Guides from the drop-down menu that appears.

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To use a predefined text wrapping setting:

Predefined text wrapping allows you to move the image to a specific location on the page.

  1. Select the image you want to move. The Format tab will appear on the right side of the Ribbon.

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  1. On the Format tab, click the Position command in the Arrange group.
  2. A drop-down menu of predefined image positions will appear. Select the desired image position. The image will adjust in the document, and the text will wrap around it.

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