How to position pictures in a Word document

After inserting an image into Microsoft Word, reposition it in your document. You can overlay photos or set a specific text wrapping pattern. By default, an image imported into Word wraps square text, but there are other options you can use to get the look you want.

The instructions in this article apply to Word for Microsoft 365, Word Online, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013.

Use layout options in Word to position pictures

Positioning an image in Word is typically done by clicking and dragging to where you want it. But this doesn’t always work as the text can change around the image so it doesn’t match the document. In this case, use the function layout options to reposition the image.

  • Select the picture.

  • Choose layout options.

  • Choose one of the text wrapping options. For example, if you want your photo to stay in front of the text at a certain point on the page, select before text etc Fix the position on the page. If you want the text to wrap around the image but move up and down the page as needed, select square etc Move with text.

  • Move an image or group of images with precision

    To move an image slightly to align with another element in the document, select the image. Then press and hold the button CTRL while pressing one of the arrow keys to pan the image in the desired direction.

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    To move multiple images at once in this way, you must first group the images. To do this, press the button CTRL by clicking each image, then right-clicking and selecting group.

    If you cannot group the images, they can be set to move along with the text. Step aside layout options and change the layout according to one of the options in the With text wrapping Section.

    Overlapping images in Word

    It’s not obvious how to overlay photos in Word. Here’s how:

  • Choose a picture.

  • Choose layout options > Learn more.

  • Choose allow overlap Check the box.

  • Choose OK.

  • Repeat this process for each image you want to overlap.