If you have been using other desktop applications where you can drag and drop images, or simply move images to a different position with your mouse, you will find it more complex handling Ms Word images. This is because Ms Word is largely a word processing application. You will find it difficult to drag or move images to a different position in your document once they are inserted. But in this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use the built-in Ms Word images layout options and how you can also control your Ms Word images using the textbox.
Positioning Ms Word Images with the built-in image layout options.
Moving your images in Ms Word Document can be so cumbersome at times, to avoid images jumping to an unwanted position, or text spilling across images, you have to use the built-in image layout options.
To position your Ms Word images with ease, select the image if you have no image inserted yet, read inserting clip arts and images in Ms Word. Once you have inserted an image, select the image, below the Picture Tools that appears on the Ms Word Ribbon, click Format. On the Format Tab that opens, Click Position to open the flyout in the image below.
With the image still selected, pointing your mouse to any of the thumbnails in the layout options will give you a preview of what your document will look like. Go ahead and click on any position that best suits your document layout. If you are not satisfied with the options available, you can hit the More Layout Options to open the layout dialogue box where you can make your choices.
Inserting and controlling Ms Word Images with a TextBox
In the previous section, we assume the image was inserted directly into the document, and that way, you can only position such image using the image layout options. But this type of image has limitations as it must maintain the same margins with the text, or you have to face some rigorous setting to make it cut across those margins and in most cases, such images keep jumping to and fro when there are changes in the document.
In this section, I am going to show you how to insert and position images using the text box, this kind of images can bleed out of text margins, can be used as page background or watermarks.
To insert Ms Word images using the text box, first, insert a text box into your document. See Inserting Ms Word Text Box. Draw the TextBox, use Wrap Text to make sure the text box is not covering your text. Use any of the wrapping options that best meet your need. Because you want the image to spill into the page margins, expand the text box as far as the end of the page on both sides.
Then place your cursor inside the text box and follow the process of inserting an image to insert the image into the text box. You can do anything you like with this kind of image, you can move, resize or even use this image as a background in your document by simply manipulating the text box. To move the image, simply select the text box handles and move. To use the image as a background, open the Wrap Text option and choose Behind Text.