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Moving Images Behind Text

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Moving Images Behind Text.

Word allows you to place all sorts of graphic images in your documents. Many times you may want to place the images behind the text. Exactly how you do this depends on the type of images with which you are working. If you are working win an image you created by using the Drawing toolbar, you can follow these steps:

  1. Select the image.
  2. Choose the Order option from the Draw menu on the Drawing toolbar. Word displays a submenu.
  3. Choose Send Behind Text from the submenu. The image should move behind the text.

If you are using any other kind of image, perhaps one you have inserted from a graphics file, then the process is different:

  1. Select the image. The Picture toolbar should appear. (If the toolbar doesn't appear, select Toolbars from the View menu and choose the Picture toolbar.)
  2. Click on the Text Wrapping tool on the toolbar. Word displays a list of wrapping methods you can choose.
  3. Choose the None option.

It is possible at this point that your text may now be visible over the top of your image. If it is not, follow the same steps you used for the images created with the Drawing toolbar.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (698) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Moving Images Behind Text.

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Comments for this tip:

Euan    01 Nov 2012, 02:33
The only problem I've found is that once the image is behind text, it becomes really difficult to select the image again. If you, say, want to reposition it.

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