How to Wrap Text Around Images in MS Word?

One great way to illustrate important information is to add images to your document. This motivates readers to actually go over your file instead of just skimming through it. In addition, we’re sure you want your writing piece to have some visual appeal. However, inserting images onto the main text is sometimes a nuisance, most especially if you want to produce a well-organized document. 

A common problem happens when you move your inserted picture around your document. This is because the text wrapping for the image is, by default, set to go along with the text line. Fortunately for us, MS Word offers many text wrapping options to easily place pictures anywhere in your document. This way, you can achieve the perfect layout when working with text around pictures. 

Now, there are about three ways to wrap text around images in MS Word. 

3 Ways to Wrap Text Around Images in MS Word

  • Using the Layout options 
  • Using the Format tab
  • Using the Context menu

As you may have noticed, whenever we insert an image into a document text, the line spacing dramatically changes. The size of the picture mixes up the layout due to the default text wrapping style. You’ll find all three methods discussed here to be equally useful in inserting your images, and even shapes or tables, the way you want.

Now, don’t feel overwhelmed by the fact that there’s more than one way to wrap text around images. We’ve made sure that the steps in this guide are relatively simple to follow as it’s created with beginners in mind. 

Having said that, here’s everything you need to know to wrap text around images in MS Word. 

Method 1: Wrap Text Around Images Using the Layout Option

The Layout option offers different features to control the position, text wrapping style, and size of an image. In this method, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to  access the Layout option to apply a text wrapping style to your image. 

Here’s how you can do that. 

Step 1: Open an MS Word Document.

Before anything else, we need to open up an MS Word file. You can either create a new document or simply use an existing document to try the following procedures. What’s important is that the document contains text and at least one image. 

Step 2: Click the Layout Options.

You can easily access different text wrapping options by selecting the image. Now, click the Layout Option button found at the upper right hand side of the picture. The Layout Options menu showing different text wrapping options will then appear. Simply select one that suits your needs. 

Alternatively, if you want to further customize the text wrapping style, simply select the See more… option in the menu. This will launch the Layout dialogue box in the middle of your screen.

Select the Text Wrapping tab to display more options under the wrapping style, wrap text direction, and distance groups. 

Click on the OK button to proceed. Otherwise, click the Cancel button if you don’t want to retain any changes. 

Congratulations! You’ve just used the Layout options to wrap text around an image in MS Word. 

Method 2: Wrap Text Around Images Using the Format Tab 

In this method, we’ll lay out the steps on how to use the Format Tab to easily fit the wrapped text around the Images. The Format tab is part of MS Word’s Ribbon —the basic toolbar of MS Word. 

Here’s how you can access the Text Wrapping options through the Format tab. 

Step 1: Open an MS Word Document.

To start off, open a Word file. You can opt to create a new document or open an existing one you have in file that needs text wrapping. However, it’d be best if the document already contains images, so it would be easy for you to follow the guide every step of the way.

Step 2: Click on the Image.

Once your document is opened, click on the image and go to the Insert tab. Then, move your mouse cursor to the right part of the Ribbon and click on the Wrap Text drop-down menu. This will display different text wrapping options in a vertical list. 

Alternatively, you simply double-click on the image to activate the Format tab. Note, however, that the Format tab will only be visible in the Ribbon once an image is selected.

The steps are the same as the previous method from here on out. 

Congratulations on using the Format tab to wrap text around images in MS Word. 

Method 3: Wrap Text Around Images Using the Context Menu

A context menu is also known as a shortcut menu. The contents of this shortcut menu are the basic tools you can also find in the Menu Tab except you don’t have to navigate away from the main text. There are customized buttons inside this context menu that prove to be much convenient to use, especially in text wrapping. 

Here’s how you can access the Context menu in MS Word. 

Step 1: Open an MS Word Document.

Before we proceed, let’s open up a Microsoft Word document. Feel free to use your own personal document if you already have one open. Otherwise, go ahead and create a new one to follow the steps below. Rest assured that none of the steps in this guide should irreversibly damage your document. 

Step 2: Click on the image.

Now that we have your document prepared, right-click on the image and select Wrap Text from the options. This will show a horizontal drop-down menu on the right. Now, choose the text wrapping style that you prefer. You should be able to see a preview of your document as you hover over each option one by one.

Moreover, if you want to be more elaborate on the text wrapping style, you can select the More Layout Options… from the menu. This will launch the Layout dialogue box in the middle of your screen. 

Congratulations! You’ve just used the Context menu to wrap text around images in MS Word. 

Editing and Deleting Text Wrapping in MS Word

Applying changes in MS Word documents is relatively easy. You only have to click the image or object that you would like to edit or delete. 

To edit text wrapping in Microsoft Word, simply revisit any of the methods mentioned and change the wrapping option to the one you want. Accessing the Context Menu by right-clicking the image would be the easiest way.

To delete any text wrapping around your image, simply access the text wrapping options again and select In Line with Text


You’ve finally arrived at the end of this article. Hopefully, we’ve helped you figure out how to wrap text around images in MS Word. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve discussed today. 

Understanding and having the basic know-how to apply text wrapping styles can come in handy, especially when handling multiple documents. In this guide, we covered three methods to wrap text around images in MS Word. The first method involves direct access to different layout options. The second method uses the Format tab in the Ribbon, while the third method employs the Context menu where commonly used tools are found. 

We hope you’ve found this article helpful!

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