How Do I Wrap Text Around a Picture in a Microsoft Word Document?

By David Weedmark

Whenever you insert a picture into a Microsoft Word 2013 document, you'll find the image is positioned in line with the text. While this default layout may be just what you need in some cases, having white space on either side of a picture usually doesn't do much for a document's feng shui. To wrap the text around a picture, change the text wrapping selection.

Step 1

Open a Microsoft Word document and place the cursor where you want a picture to appear. Click the "Insert" menu and select "Pictures" to retreive an image stored on your computer or select "Online Pictures" to get an image from a Web page, Bing Image Search or from your personal OneDrive cloud account.

Step 2

Click the picture in the document to select it and then click the small "Layout Options" icon that appears in the corner. Select any of the options that appear in the Layout Options menu that opens. As an example, the first icon in the Text Wrapping section is for square text wrapping, which leaves a blank margin between the image and the text. The second icon represents tight text wrapping, which leaves almost no space between the image and the text. The third icon represents through text wrapping, which places text through any transparent areas of the image, such as that used for a PNG image with a transparent background.

Step 3

Click the "See More" link at the bottom of the Layout Options menu and click the "Text Wrapping" tab in the Layout window that opens. In addition to selecting the text wrapping style, you can select which sides of the picture you want the text wrapped on in this window. You can also specify how much space to leave around the image on each of its four borders.

Step 4

Position the image where you want it to appear by dragging it. Sometimes when you change the text wrapping style, the image moves a bit. If you are using Word's default left alignment, the text on the left side of the image can appear uneven. To have the text justified or squared to the image, highlight the text around the image and press "Ctrl-J." Alternatively, click the "Home" menu and select the text alignment you want in the Paragraph group of the ribbon.