How to Add a JPEG Image to Word

By braniac

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Actually, a .jpg image takes up less space than that, and it can add punch to any article. You can use a .jpg as background for your text, you can wrap your text around your .jpg. Plus, that visual edge will get your article noticed. Read on to learn more.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer with Microsoft Word
  • A document
  • A .jpg image

How to Add a JPEG Image to Word

Step 1

Open your document. Decide where you want to place your image. Remember that you can always move it. Click on "Insert" on the top menu, then on "Picture" and then "from file." In the example, we've put the image between the title and the article body.

Step 2

Inserting the image should have opened the Picture Toolbar. There are buttons on this Toolbar that will help you edit your image, but the one you want to use right now is "Text Wrapping." That's the one that looks like a little square filled with lines and a little dog in the center. Click on that box.

Step 3

You have choices now. It all depends on what you want your .jpg to do with your text. Try clicking on various choices to see what they do. This example is "tight."

Step 4

Remember that you can click and drag your object anywhere you want. You can also position it within or between columns. This last example uses "edit wrap points." Remember that when you do that you're editing the boundaries of the text, not the .jpg.

Tips & Warnings

  • Play with all the settings until you have a good idea what they will do.
  • If you don't like what you've done, you can always hit "Ctrl-Z" to undo it.

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