How to Position Images in a Word Document

Use layout options to achieve the look you want

After you insert an image in Microsoft Word, you can reposition it in your document. You may want to overlap photos or set a specific text-wrapping pattern. An imported image in Word is assigned square text-wrapping by default, but there are other options you can use to get things looking just the way you want. We'll show you how to do it.

This guide applies to Word for Office 365, Word for the web, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013.

Using Layout Options in Word to Position Images

Positioning an image in Word usually requires only clicking on it and dragging it to where you want it. That doesn't always work, however, because the text flow around the image may change in a way that doesn't look right for the document. If that happens, you can use the Layout Options to reposition the image.

  1. Select the image.

  2. Select Layout Options.

    An image in Word with the Layout Options icon highlighted
  3. Choose one of the text wrapping options. For example, if you want your picture to stay in a certain spot on the page in front of the text, select the Front of Text radio button and Fix position on page. If you want to wrap text around the image but have it move up and down on the page as needed, select Square and Move with text.

    An image in Word with the text wrapping options highlighted

Moving an Image or Group of Images Precisely

To move an image a tiny amount to align it with another element in the document, select the image. Then, press and hold down the CTRL key while you press one of the arrow keys to move the picture in the direction you want it to go.

You can move several images in this manner at once by first grouping them. To do that, CTRL+Left-Click the images to select them, then right-click and pick Group.

If you can't group the images, they may be set to move inline with text in the Layout Options tab. Go there and change the layout to any of the options in the With Text Wrapping section.

Overlapping Images in Word

It's not immediately apparent how to overlay photos in Word. Here's how to do it:

  1. Select an image.

  2. Select Layout Options > See more.

    Layout Options in Word with the See More option highlighted
  3. Make sure the Allow overlap checkbox is marked.

    Layout window in Word with the Allow Overlap option highlighted
  4. Repeat this process for each picture you want to overlap.