How to Superimpose in Word

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Most Microsoft Word documents follow a linear process, where users enter text, and on occasion images, from start to finish on the page. Even though Word is an on-screen replica of a paper page, the program allows you to layer items on top of each other to create a more visually appealing document. The process of superimposing, where one item (such as a picture) is placed on top of another, is completed through one of Word's more hidden features, a tab that only opens when graphics are placed on the page.


Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Click the "File" tab. Click "Open." Navigate to a document to use for superimposing and double-click the file name.

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Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab. To use an existing image for superimposing, click the "Picture" button, browse to the picture and double-click it. To use one of Word's included clip art images, click the "Clip Art" button, type a term into the "Search for" box, click "Go," scroll through the results and double-click a picture. Word inserts either image, but not as superimposed.


Step 3

Click the picture to highlight it and open the new pink "Picture Tools" tab at the top of the workspace.

Step 4

Click the "Wrap Text" button on the ribbon. Click "In Front of Text." The picture is now unanchored. Drag it to the place in the document to superimpose it over the text.



Tips & Warnings

  • You don't have to start with an existing document to superimpose, or even text at all. Open a new Word document, start typing and add a picture, following the instructions above. To superimpose one picture onto another, insert the two images, then choose the one to superimpose on top of the other and apply the "In Front of Text" wrap to it.



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