You can control the way text flows around a picture or WordArt in a publication. By changing the flow of text, you can change the relationship between the text and the picture.

  1. Click the picture to select it.

  2. On the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Wrap Text.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Click Square to wrap text around the border of your image.

    • Click Tight to wrap text closely around an irregularly shaped picture.

    • Click Top and Bottom to place the image on its own line.

    • Click Through and then click Edit Wrap Points to drag the wrap points closer to the image, so that text can fill in more of the negative space around the image.

    • Click More Layout Options and then click the Text Wrapping tab to change where the text wraps. If you click the Square style, you can also change the distance between the text and the image.

Note: The follow applies to print publications only. In Web publications, you can't use the automatic text wrapping tools to wrap text around pictures. (To find out if you are in a Web publication, look at the title bar. It displays either Web Publication or Print Publication, depending on the type publication you have open.) If you place a picture on a paragraph of text in a Web publication, the picture will either cover up the text behind it or be covered by the text (depending upon how you set the order of the picture by using the Order command on the Arrange menu). You can place pictures and text side by side, but you need to use multiple text boxes to get the results you want.

Common text wrapping options include:

  • Top and Bottom Text stops at the top of the picture's frame and continues after the bottom of the frame. If a picture is at the top or bottom margin of a publication when you choose this option, text wraps around only the bottom or top of the picture.

  • Tight Text wraps around the outline of the picture itself rather than around the frame. Another option, Through, is similar to Tight but, for some pictures, causes text to wrap even more tightly around the picture's outline.

  • Square Text wraps around the frame rather than around the picture itself.

  • None Text acts as if the picture isn't there and can go under or over the picture, depending upon the order of the objects. (To change the order of a picture, click it and then point to Order on the Arrange menu.)

Wrap text around a picture

  1. Click the picture.

  2. On the Format menu, click Picture, and then click the Layout tab.

  3. Click the Wrapping Style you want, and then click OK.


  • If you're wrapping text around WordArt, click WordArt instead of Picture on the Format menu.

  • If you don't see Wrapping Style options on the Layout tab, you're in a Web publication. You can't wrap text in Web publications.

  • In a table, you can't wrap text around a picture or WordArt. The Wrapping Style options are available when you click a picture in a table, but clicking an option won't affect the text.

See also

Fine-tune how text wraps around a picture

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