How to Add Text Over a Picture Using Microsoft PowerPoint

By Andrew Meer

When inserting pictures in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013, use WordArt or text boxes to add text over the pictures.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft PowerPoint installed on a PC

PowerPoint allows you to add decorative text over pictures using WordArt, or normal text using text boxes. After adding text over a picture, you must group both items so that the text remains in place even when moving the picture.


Step 1

Open the Insert tab, select WordArt in the Text group, and then select your preferred WordArt style.

Step 2

Group picture and text.

Insert your text, and then move the WordArt box over the picture using the cross-shaped icon that appears when you hover your cursor over the edges of the box.

Hold down the Ctrl key, and then click on the both the picture and the WordArt box. Open the Format tab under Drawing Tools, and then click Group in the Arrange group. In the pull-down menu that appears, select Group.


To change the font and font size, highlight the text within the box, and then use the Font options in the Font pop-up box.

Text Box

Step 1

Insert text box.

Open the Insert tab, and then click Text Box in the Text group. Place the cursor over the picture where you want the text to appear, and then click and drag to create a text box. Insert the text into the text box.


Highlight the text within the box, and then use the Font options in the pop-up box to change the font, size and color of the text.

Step 2

Group items.

Press Ctrl, and then select both the picture and the text box. Click Format under Drawing Tools, click Group in the Arrange group, and then select Group.