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Change the Default Text Wrap Settings in Word

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word, Uncategorized

MS Word: Why Does Inserting A Picture Always Cause Such a Mess?

Okay, so maybe it’s not a complete “mess”, but if you’re not familiar with the interactions of text and pictures in a Word document then, it probably feels that way to you.

After you insert a picture, you suddenly find yourself looking at this great big huge gap between two lines of text where the picture now sits.

You may even try to move the picture around and yet you still have the “gap”.

Well, if you take a close look at the placement of the picture, you’ll find that it actually has text lined up with the bottom of it… as though it’s on the line with the text… which of course it is.

By default,Word inserts pictures “In line with text”. It becomes a part of the line, so the spacing must be adjusted between the current line and the one above so that the picture fits.

Therefore you get the “mess”.

I’m sure by now you’ve found the wrapping options and adjusted the situation to a more suitable look, but aren’t you tired of making the same old changes over and over again?

If you feel that this isn’t what you want to happen every time you insert a picture, let’s take a look at how we can change the default way that Word wraps text around a newly inserted picture…

We need to start out in the Options dialog box. (Office Button / File tab, Options choice)

Once there we need to go to the Advanced category of options.


Under the Cut, copy and paste section you need to locate the Insert/paste pictures as option.

When you click the down arrow, a list of text wrapping choices will appear.

Choose your preferred wrapping type then click OK.

That’s it.

Your pictures will now come into your file with the text wrapped as you chose.

Does it mean that you’ll never have to adjust the wrapping again?

No… not unless you never plan to use any other wrapping style… but it should mean that the amount of time you spend changing the wrapping style is dramatically reduced.

That’s progress in my book!

~ April

13 Responses to “Change the Default Text Wrap Settings in Word”

  1. karthi says:

    before making this changes .i inserted 4 images from pdf,its not working

  2. karthi says:

    i want all the images to be in In front of text..

  3. sonu says:

    well, that isn’t working at all!!! I changed it to insert/paste pictures as tight, but still I pasted some pictures and their wrap text isn’t tight, its in line with text. why so? can anybody please help!

  4. Archarios says:

    I sometimes get that problem, I just move the image around a little and it causes the text to suddenly wrap correctly.

  5. phyllis kramer says:

    thank you
    very clear

  6. FrankieBlue says:

    I tried to wrap text on a copied picture but the wrap text button wont work so i cant move it HAAAAAALPPPPP MMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  7. Chester says:

    All of you you must first use ctrl+alt+v the paste special and choose bitmap or anything that has bitmap in it and you gain the wrap text…. welcome in advance….

  8. Nicole says:

    Yes! Thank you! This is saving me a lot of time! I insert a header on all of my students’ class documents.

  9. bob says:

    I don’t think I am a dumb arse so I don’t really want a dumb arsed answer never the less I do have a problem with word 2007 in not being able to have every image move with the accompanying text, the move with text box will not stay ticked in that if I highlight a previously ticked box it will be un-ticked when opened again hence it gets left behind, most get hang up at the bottom of a page but I can live with that but it is the ones that stay behind the text that stays on the original page that does p me off somewhat. If you look at you will see why I need that particular image of a dog standing on 3 legs to move when composing a book using word 7, thanks bob’

  10. Robin says:

    OMGosh! You just saved me so much time and frustration. I wish I had searched for this years ago.

  11. Andy Austin says:

    being smart is so great

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