How to Insert a Picture in a Microsoft Word Document

Microsoft removed the ability to scan images directly into a Word 2013 document, but you can insert images from the local hard drive or images from online sources using Bing Image Search. Although Word can use a wide range of image formats, the JPG and PNG formats give the best trade-off between quality and size. You can insert large images into Word documents and then resize them; keep in mind, however, that large images increase the file size of the document.

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A sample image surrounded by test words in Word 2013.
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Open a new document in Word 2013 and switch to the Insert tab. All objects that you can insert into a Word document, including images and shapes, are located on the Insert tab.

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The Insert tab and the Illustrations group where the Pictures button is located.
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The Images button in the Illustrations group.
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Click on the spot where you want to place the image and then click the Pictures button in the Illustrations group to display the Insert Picture dialog.

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The Insert Image dialog, a sample image selected and the Insert button.
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Select the image you want to insert into the Word document. To insert several images, hold Ctrl and select each item. Click Insert.

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The Online Pictures button and the Insert dialog.
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To insert an image from the Web, select the Insert tab and click the Online Pictures button in the Illustrations group.

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Type the search string into the Bing search field and press Enter. Select the image you wish to insert and click Insert to add it to the document.

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The resize handles and the rotation handle.
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To resize the image, select it -- the Format tab displays near the top of the window -- and then use the resize handles in the corners and on the four sides of the image.

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To rotate the image, use the rotation handle at the top of the image. Click and drag the handle to the left or to the right to rotate the picture.

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The Align Objects button on the Format tab and the align options.
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To justify the picture, select it and then select the Format tab. Click the Align Objects button in the Arrange group and then select the available options to align the image.

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The Layout Options icon and the available text wrapping styles.
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To change the font wrapping, click the Layout Options icon in the upper right corner of the image and choose any of the available text wrapping styles.

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To prevent the image from moving to another location on the page when you type or insert new text, select the Fix position on page radio button.