Moving Images In Microsoft Word

How To Move An Image In Word

Moving images around your Microsoft Word document is a quirky affair and not at all intuitive. If you've used graphics applications before, you might expect to be able to simply drag the image and drop it where you need it. Alas, things are not so simple. You can actually drag and drop your image, but strangely, you need to do something first. You can't drag and drop your image immediately after inserting it into your document.

Let's look at a simple way of moving an image in your Word document. Select an image and the Picture Tools contextual tab should appear in the ribbon. Click on Position in the Arrange group.

Position An Image In Microsoft Word

As with many tools in Microsoft Word, you can see live previews of the effect when you hover your mouse over a particular thumbnail image. Click on a positioning arrangement that suits your needs. You can choose from:

  • In line with text
  • Position in top left with square text wrapping
  • Position in top centre with square text wrapping
  • Position in top right with square text wrapping
  • Position in middle left with square text wrapping
  • Position in middle centre with square text wrapping
  • Position in middle right with square text wrapping
  • Position in bottom left with square text wrapping
  • Position in bottom centre with square text wrapping
  • Position in bottom right with square text wrapping

The square text wrapping in each description indicates that the text on the page will flow around the image. The image below, for example is positioned in the middle left with square text wrapping.

Image Positioning In Microsoft Word

There doesn't actually need to be any text currently on the page for the image to be repositioned. Now you can now drag and drop the image wherever you need it. Position the mouse over the image so that the cursor shape turns into a 4-way arrow, then click and drag the image. Be careful that you don't drag the resize handles!

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