- Change image layout options.
Notice that wherever the image is placed, the line spacing dramatically increases to fit the size of the picture. This is because images are treated as an inline text character. In other words, Word treats the image like it would treat any word or letter of text. You can change this by applying a text wrap. Text wrap causes all of the text to wrap around the image so that the image does not interfere with line spacing.
There are a couple of ways to get to the text wrap options and apply a text wrap.
Method 1: Quick Apply
Click the box to the right of the image with a rainbow-shaped icon.
Method 2: Format Tab
When you click on the image, the Format tab will appear in the ribbon. From the Format tab, you can choose Warp Text.
Method 3: Position
Go to Format>Position for options that not only apply text wrap but also position the image on the page.
Text Wrap Options
Regardless of which method you use, the text wrap options are the same. The text wrap you will probably use the most is the square text wrap, but there are other text wraps too.
- Square—Text wraps around the image in a square shape
- Tight/Through—Text wraps around image, regardless of what shape the image is. This text wrap works best with images that have no background.
- Top and Bottom—Text stops when it hits the top of the image and continues at the bottom of the image; no text is to the left or right of the image
- Behind text—Image is behind text. Text will cover image.
- In front of text—Image is in front of text. Text behind the image is not visible.
After the text wrap is applied, you can click and drag the image to anywhere in the document, and the text will wrap around it accordingly.
Contributors and Attributions
- Text Wrap. Authored by: Lumen Learning. License: CC BY: Attribution
- Kingfisher [used in screenshots]. Authored by: tpsdave. Located at: pixabay.com/en/kingfisher-bird-wildlife-macro-2046453/. License: CC0: No Rights Reserved