Wrap Text Around an Image

Text wrapping adds a professional touch to your Word docs

When you insert an image or a piece of clip art into your Microsoft Word document, you may need to tell Word how to wrap the text around the image.

Wrapping text around an image—clip art, photos, smart art or other graphics—gives you the freedom to place the images and text exactly where you want them in your document. The next time you insert an image into your document, try the different text wrapping options and see how they can change the look of your document.

How to Wrap Text Around Images

Wrap Text drop-down menu
Wrap Text drop-down menu. Photo © Rebecca Johnson

Import, drag or paste an image in your Microsoft Word document. Size it and position it where you want it to be on the page. Enter the text that you plan to wrap around the image in a text box. 

  1. Select the image.
  2. Click the Picture Format tab to wrap text around clip art or a photographic image. If you are wrapping text around a SmartArt image, click the Format tab.
  3. Click Wrap Text in the Arrange group and select a wrapping option.


  • Click Square to wrap text around the border of the image.
  • Click Tight to wrap text tightly around the image. This option is most useful for irregularly shaped images.
  • Click Through and then click Edit Wrap Points to drag the wrap points closer to the borders of the image. This lets you fill in any negative space around the image.
  • Click Top and Bottom to place the image on its own line.
  • Click Behind Text to display the text over the image.
  • Click In Front of Text to display the image over the text. This is used primarily for watermarks.

Other options in this menu include Move with Text and Fix Position on Page

Advanced Layout Options


At the bottom of the Wrap Text menu is the More Layout Options selection. Click this to open the Advanced Layout window. The three tabs—Position, Text Wrapping and Size—include advanced fine-tuning controls for text wrapping and positioning the image and text on the page. You can choose the basic styles here but you have finer controls as to which sides wrap and the distance of the text from the image. Click on each tab to explore the advanced options. 


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Johnson, Rebecca. "Wrap Text Around an Image." ThoughtCo, Jul. 19, 2017, thoughtco.com/wrap-text-around-an-image-3540398. Johnson, Rebecca. (2017, July 19). Wrap Text Around an Image. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/wrap-text-around-an-image-3540398 Johnson, Rebecca. "Wrap Text Around an Image." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/wrap-text-around-an-image-3540398 (accessed January 20, 2018).