How to anchor an Image in Word

There may be times when you have encountered issues when positioning the images in your documents. In fact, there are dozens of memes and online jokes about how adding one image in MS Word destroys your entire document. 

You have a perfect document layout but once an image is added, it gets frustrating because the texts in your document don’t quite agree with the image. The result: a deformed layout.

Thankfully, MS Word offers many features to solve this problem. One of them is the Object Anchors feature.

With this, you no longer have to worry about the positioning of images in your documents.

There are two methods that you can use to anchor an image.

2 Ways to Anchor an Image in MS Word

  • Anchor to move with text
  • Anchor to fix position on page

The appropriate method depends on how you would like to anchor an image in your document. Proceed with the next section of this article so that you will learn when to apply each of them.

This article will guide you on the different ways on how you can properly anchor an image in MS Word.

Let’s get started!

Why Should You Anchor an Image in MS Word?

When you insert an image to a paragraph on your document, it will be treated as part of the paragraph by default. Because of this, as you type more words within your paragraph, the words will adjust together with the image. This is a common problem among complex documents that contain many text and images. 

To solve this problem, MS Word has a feature called Object anchors. You can use this feature to all the objects in your documents including images. When you anchor an image to a specific paragraph, it means that you are associating the image to it. The image will not move unless the associated paragraph moves. Aside from this, you can also anchor an image to a specific area in your document. This will attach the image in this area, preventing it from moving to other sections. 

There are various situations when you need to anchor the images in your documents. Regardless of these situations, there’s one common and basic reason why  you need it—to fix the format of your document. When all images are anchored to your desired paragraph or area, you don’t have to worry about frequently fixing your layout.

Here are some good rules of thumb to guide you when to anchor images in your document.

  • You are working on a document that contains many sections, and each section has an image to supplement the content.
  • You are writing a document that follows a standard format, where the images are positioned only to specific areas.

These are just some common situations that need Object Anchors. Sooner or later, you will run into other situations but don’t get discouraged.

You can always apply the methods in this article to help you with your dilemma. Now that you understand the importance of anchoring images in your documents, you need to learn the different methods.

Let’s dive right in!

Method 1: Anchor to Move with Text

The first method guides you on how to associate an image to your desired text or paragraph. Once you accomplish this method, the image will be anchored to the text and you can easily move them at once to any part of your document.

Follow the steps below to achieve it.

Step 1: Open the document that contains the image you need to anchor.

In your file storage, find the document that you need to format. Open it in the MS Word program by double-clicking it. An example is shown below for your reference. 

Step 2: Ensure that the MS Word program displays Object Anchors.

To help you keep track of the object anchors in your document, you need to make sure that MS Word displays it by default. Click the File tab on the ribbon to display the start screen. From the start screen, click the Options command. This will display the Word Options dialog box. From the dialog box, navigate to the Display section and make sure to tick the Object Anchors checkbox. Apply your setting by clicking the OK button.

Step 3: Apply text wrapping to the image you need to anchor.

When you insert a picture to your document, it’s configured to be in line with text objects by default. You need to apply text wrapping to it so that it will be placed on a layer over the text objects. There are various ways you can achieve this. The simplest way is through the Layout Options shortcut. 

Click the image and notice that an icon will appear on top of it. Move your mouse pointer over the icon to confirm if it’s the Layout Options. Click it to display the list of text wrapping options you can choose from. From the list, select your preferred option.

Step 4: Move the selected image to your desired paragraph.

Before you anchor an image, make sure that it’s situated on the section where you want it to be anchored. To do this, simply drag an image and drop it to your preferred section.

Step 4: Apply Move with text command.

Once the image is in place, click the Layout Options and choose the Move with text option. Apply the setting by clicking the close button of the Layout Options. 

Step 5: Finalize anchoring the selected image.

You might notice the anchor symbol in your selected image. This serves as your guide to know what paragraph is associated with it. You can change where it’s associated by simply dragging and dropping the anchor symbol to the appropriate paragraph.

Method 2: Anchor to Fix Position on Page

Instead of locking an image to a text, you might need to anchor it to a specific position on your page. You can easily achieve this by following the steps in this method.

Here are the steps to accomplish this.

Step 1: Find and open the document that contains the image you will anchor.

Browse for your document that needs formatting. Double click on it to open it in the MS Word application. Alternatively, you can also open a new document and practice with it. Just make sure to include texts and images so you have something to anchor with.

Step 2: Enable the Object Anchors option.

Just like the first method, you need to ensure that object anchors are displayed by default. The setting can be enabled on the Display section of the Word Options dialog box.

Tick the Object Anchors checkbox and apply the setting by clicking the OK button of the dialog box. For your reference, the image is shown again below.

Step 3: Change the layout of the selected image through text wrapping.

To anchor your selected image, ensure that it’s placed on a different layer over the text elements in your document. To achieve this, click the Layout Options to display the list of available text wrapping options. Choose the option that suits your needs and click it. The same image in the first method is shown below for your reference.

Step 4: Position the selected image to your desired area on the page.

Ensure that the image is placed on the area where you want it to be anchored. You can achieve it by dragging and dropping the selected image to the area.

Step 5: Finalize anchoring the image by applying the Fix position on page command.

With the image already in the appropriate area, click the Layout Options to display a list of available commands. From the list, choose the Move with text option. Click the close button of the Layout Options to apply your setting. You have successfully anchored your image to your preferred area.


Using the Object Anchors feature of MS Word greatly affects the appearance of documents.

Always utilize this feature in your documents, especially those that contain images so that you will be able to enforce the format that you like.

Discussed in this article are the simplest ways on how you can anchor images in MS Word. You can either anchor an image to move with the text or to a specified position on a page.

We hope you found this article helpful!

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