How to Lock an Image in Word?

No matter how adept you are, working on a layout can get pretty stressful sometimes. The reason could be as nerve-wracking as an approaching deadline or as simple as an image you keep moving by mistake.

Well, we may not be able to help you with your deadline, but we can definitely help you keep the image in place.

Fortunately, MS Word offers several ways to lock your images, so you don’t waste time putting them back in place over and over again.

Now, there are about six ways to lock an image in Word.

6 Ways to Lock an Image in MS Word

  • Lock an Image Using Picture Anchor Tool
  • Lock an Image Using Picture Content Tool
  • Lock an Image Using Restrict Editing Option
  • Lock an Image Using Watermark Tool
  • Lock an Image Using Fill Effects
  • Lock an Image Using Header and Footer

For images that should be wrapped either in-line or tightly with the text, the first three methods are highly recommended. The first and second methods are the most convenient ways to fix the position of the image. These methods allow you to edit the text beside or around your image with ease. Although you can also edit your text easily with the third method, it can get a bit tricky as it requires you to set a password.

On the other hand, if you want to lock a background image or a company logo in place, the last three methods should come in handy for you. They allow you to edit your document without the risk of accidentally moving or deleting your image.

Having said all that, here’s everything you need to know to lock an image in MS Word. 


Method 1: Lock an Image Using Picture Anchor Tool

This method is the simplest way to lock an image into position. However, it is not as permanent a fix compared to the other methods. It simply allows you to edit your text while retaining the current arrangement of the image.

Here are the steps on how you can do that.

Step 1: Open an MS Word document.

First things first, open a Word document. If you are currently working on one, feel free to use it. Don’t be afraid about messing it up because you can easily undo the changes you’re going to do from here on out. You can also create a new document if you don’t have a file ready yet.

Step 2: Insert an image.

Once you already have an opened document, go to the Insert tab. Under the Illustrations group, simply click on Pictures. Upon doing so, an Insert Picture dialog box will launch in the middle of your screen. Locate the image you want to use from your drive and click Insert to proceed.

Step 3: Select the text wrapping style.

Now that you have a picture, the next thing  to do is right-click on it. From the horizontal dropdown menu that pops out, select Wrap Text. Select the text wrapping style you want to use among the options that show except for In Line with Text. This style will make your image sit on the text line then automatically adjust once you type in or edit the main text.

For this example, we’ll be using the Behind Text style. 

Step 4: Fix the position of the image.

Repeat the step to display the Wrap Text menus once more and select Fix Position on Page. Upon doing so, you will notice that an anchor with a lock icon will appear near the image. Now you can edit your text without being worried about moving the images around it.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully locked an image in MS Word. 


Method 2: Lock an Image Using Picture Content Control

This method won’t just enable you to protect your image from being accidentally moved but also prevent it from being deleted by mistake. This method provides the most convenient solution for this concern.

To do this, here’s what you should do.

Step 1: Open a Word file.

Before anything else, we first need to open a Word document. You can simply use the document you are currently working on if you have any. Otherwise, you can create a new document before proceeding to the next steps.

Step 2. Enable the Developer tab.

By default, the Developer tab is not visible. So, go to the File menu and click Options

This will display the Word Options dialogue box. You should see a list of options on the left side of the window. Click Customize Ribbon. Once you’ve done that, the dialogue box will display two sets of lists. In the list on the right, under the Main Tabs, tick the checkbox next to Developer.

Click on the OK button to save the changes. Otherwise, click the Cancel button.

Step 3: Insert Picture Content Control.

Under the Developer tab on the Ribbon, select the Picture Content Control under Controls group. This will insert a Picture Content Control on whichever location your cursor is located. Make sure that you place your cursor to where you want the image to be placed.

Step 4: Insert an Image.

Now that you have a Picture Content Control on your document, proceed to insert the image that you want to use. To do this, simply click on the picture icon right in the middle of the Picture Content Control. Doing so will launch the Insert Picture dialog box. This will let you select which location your images will be coming from. Choose the images you want to use, then click Insert to proceed.

Amazing! You’ve successfully inserted a secured image using Picture Content Control in MS Word.


Method 3: Lock an Image Using Restrict Editing Option

The third method will require you to protect your image with a password. There’s no need to worry though, as removing its password is as easy as enabling it. Take note, however, that enabling the Restrict Editing option will lock the document as a whole.

Here’s how you can set up a password-protected image.

Step 1: Open a Word document.

First, open up a Word document. You can use the file you are currently working on if it’s already opened. Don’t worry about messing the document up as you can easily undo the changes you make. 

Step 2: Insert an image.

If you already have a picture loaded on your document, you can skip this step. But if you don’t have one yet, simply follow the steps on how to insert an image in Method 1.

Step 3: Enable Restrict Editing.

Now that you have a picture ready, go to the Review tab and select Restrict Editing. This will launch the Restrict Editing side panel on the right side of your screen.

Now, click on the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button found at the bottom of the menu. This will prompt a dialog box that will require you to set a password for the file. Type in the password that you prefer, then click OK.

Remember the password that you used so you’ll be able to edit or delete the image later on. Also, note that enabling Restrict Editing tool will prohibit you to edit the entire document. 

There you have it! You successfully locked an image using the Restrict Editing tool in MS Word.


Method 4: Lock an Image Using Watermark Tool

If you want to edit your document without the hassle of accidentally dragging your background, then this method is perfect for you. 

Here’s how you can do that.

Step 1: Open a Word file.

First up, open a Word document that we can edit. Feel free to use your own personal document if you already have it open. Don’t be afraid to mess it up because you can easily revert any unwanted changes.

Step 2: Insert your image as a Watermark

Go to the Design tab and click the Watermark button under the Page Background group. From the list of options below, select Custom Watermark. This will launch a dialog box.

From there, select Picture Watermark. Click on the Select Picture button. Doing so, will prompt an Insert Picture dialog box. Locate and import the picture you want to use.

 Voila! You’ve successfully used the Watermark tool to lock an image in MS Word.


Method 5: Lock an Image Using Fill Effects

This method is another option to stop your image from constantly getting selected while you’re editing text.

Here are the steps on how to use fill effects to lock your image.

Step 1: Open up a Word document.

Just like in art, you can’t create a painting without a canvas. So before anything else, you first need to open a Word file. If you already have one open, feel free to use that as you follow the next steps. Alternatively, you can also create a new document.

Step 2: Select fill effects on the page color option.

On your opened document, go to the Design tab. Click the Page Color drop-down menu and select Fill Effects. This will prompt a dialog box in the middle of the screen.

On the dialog box, go to the Picture tab and click the Select Picture button. Locate the image you want to use and then click the OK button.

Wonderful! You’ve just successfully secured an image using Fill Effects in MS Word.


Method 6: Lock an Image Using Header and Footer

Finally, in this last method, we’ll guide you on how to lock an image using the Header and Footer section. This is especially useful if the image that you want to lock in place are logos for corporate documents.

Here’s how to do just that.

Step 1: Open an MS Word document.

To start, you first need to open up a word document. You can use the file you are currently working on if you have one opened already. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Word file ready because creating a new one is as easy as one click.

Step 2: Insert your image in the header or footer.

Once you have your document ready, double-click on the Header or Footer section of your document. The header is the topmost area of the file where the header or title is usually placed. Meanwhile, the footer section is found at the bottom part of the document, where we usually see page numbers.

Once the Header or Footersection is enabled, the Design tab will be visible on the Ribbon. From there, select the Picture button under the Insert group. Then, locate and insert the image that you want to use.

Finally, double-click on the gray part of your MS Word window to close the Header and Footer section.

Voila! You’ve just locked an image using the Header and Footer section in MS Word.


Deleting a Locked Image in MS Word

For the first and second methods, you can simply click on the image and hit the Delete key on your keyboard to delete the image.

Deleting the image you locked using Method 3 won’t be complicated as long as you know the password. You just have to click on the Protect button under the Review tab and select Restrict Editing. It will launch a menu on the side of the screen. From there, just click on Stop Protection and then enter the password you used to enforce protection to the document. After removing the document’s protection, just delete the image by selecting it and pressing the Delete key..

Meanwhile, to delete a watermarked image, simply click on the Watermark button under the Design tab. Then, select the Remove Watermark option. If you used the Fill Effects tool, simply go back to the Page Color option on the Design tab, then select No Color.

Lastly, to remove a locked image in the Header and Footer section, access the Header and Footer section, click the image and press the Delete key on your keyboard. 


Conclusion

You’ve finally reached the end of this tutorial. Hopefully, the methods we provided in this guide helped you figure out how to lock an image in MS Word. Before you leave, allow us to give you a quick refresher of what we have discussed today.

We covered six ways to lock an image in a Word document. The first method makes use of the Picture Anchor Tool, which is by far the easiest method. Second is by using Picture Content Control. Restrict Editing Option also works, however, it requires you to set a password to secure the document. Meanwhile, if you want to lock a background image in place or a logo, Fill Effects, Watermark, and the Header and Footer tools can get the job done.

That’s the rest of it. We hope you found this article helpful!

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  1. I was trying to determine how to keep an image from rotating upside down. I am utilizing a snipped image from my medical records. (I changed from Profile to landscape) to allow for more space for the grafts. Everything was going well until the last image which is rotating every time I try to move on to the next page. Suggestions?

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