How to Add Text to Pictures in Word

By Lily Medina

To add text on top of a picture in Microsoft Word, you need to add a text box. Unlike the basic main text on the page, a text box can sit on top of any photo, shape or artwork. This feature lets you add titles, captions, notes, thought bubbles or any other type of text to the picture you've inserted. If the picture shows a graph or other chart, you can also use text boxes to add legends, captions, labels or other explanations. Using Word's Text Box Tools tab, you can customize the text box to add clarity to your picture.

Step 1

Click the Insert tab.

Step 2

Click the "Text Box" icon, in the Text group. On the drop-down menu, choose one of the types of text boxes, such as a "Simple Text Box."

Step 3

Click on the edge of the text box anywhere along the dotted line -- don't click one of the gray circles or squares. Drag the text box to the picture and drop it where you want to put it. Click and drag the gray circles and squares to change the size of the box, if desired.

Step 4

Click in the middle of the text box.

Step 5

Type the text that you want to appear on the picture.

Step 6

Click on the main text of the document to exit the text box after you have finish typing.

Tips & Warnings

  • To customize the design of the text box, use the options under the Format tab on the Ribbon.
  • To group the text and picture into one unified item, select both items and click the "Group" button on the Ribbon.