How Do I Add a Picture & Type Words Over It in Microsoft Word?

By Elizabeth Chaplin

Microsoft Word is a word processing program, but images such as photographs and clip art can be inserted into any document to add visual interest. Images can even be inserted as background images. When using an image as a background, text must be typed over the top of it. According to Microsoft, Word documents have six layers: main text front drawing, main text, main text back drawing, header/foot front drawing, header/footer bottom text and header/footer back drawing layers. Using layers and Word's text-wrapping abilities, the user can type directly over an image.

Step 1

Open a new document in Microsoft Word by clicking "File" > "New" or hitting "Ctrl" + "N."

Step 2

Click the area on the document where you want the image to appear, then click the "Insert" menu at the top of the screen.

Step 3

Point to "Picture" and click "From File." Choose an image to place in the document and hit "Insert."

Step 4

Select the image by clicking on it. Click-and-drag the handles in the corners and on the sides of the image to make the image larger or smaller. Do not deselect the image.

Step 5

Go to the "Format" menu and click on "Picture." Select the tab labeled "Layout" and find the area labeled "Wrapping Style." Select "Behind Text" and hit "OK."

Step 6

Click on the page and move the cursor to the area the text is needed. Do this with the "Space" or "Tab" bars. Type the desired words.