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Editing Wrap Points

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: Editing Wrap Points.

When you insert a picture in Word, it defines a series of "wrap points" around the picture. By default there are four wrap points that surround the perimeter of the picture, forming a rectangle. When you wrap text around the picture, the wrap points define how close the text can come to the picture.

If you want, you can create custom wrapping of text by editing the wrap points so they more closely reflect exactly what you want. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Insert your picture as you normally would, and make sure it is selected.
  2. Make sure the Picture toolbar is displayed. If it is not, use the Toolbars option from the View menu to display it.
  3. Click on the Text Wrapping tool on the Picture toolbar. Word displays a list of wrapping options.
  4. Choose the last option in the list, Edit Wrap Points. Word displays the wrap points around the picture. They are small black boxes. Each of the wrap points is connected with a small dashed red line.
  5. Move existing wrap points by clicking and dragging them to a new position.
  6. Add new wrap points by clicking on the dashed red line at the position where you want a wrap point and dragging the new wrap point to the desired position.
  7. Remove an existing wrap point by holding down the Ctrl key as you click on the wrap point.
  8. When done adjusting wrap points, click anywhere outside the picture. The wrap points disappear, and your text follows the texture you defined when you edited the points.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1873) 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: Editing Wrap Points.

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Nancy Upchurch    28 Mar 2016, 15:24
My wrap points have more than four points each time I edit them. How do I reset wrap points to default to my edits?
kennedy    14 Mar 2015, 13:30
i choose a triangle shape and insert it but when i use the edit wrap points the shape doesn't change though the black dots appear. what could be the reason? i am using word 2007
Michael Turner    11 Aug 2013, 16:31
Text wrapping points are only available with certain. After selecting the text wrapping option on the Word ribbon under Picture Tools first of all choose more layout options. Make sure the "test wrapping" tab is selected and click on "tight". You should then find that the wrapping points appear when you choose the drop down list under Text wrapping on the ribbon or use the context menu by clicking the right (or left if they have been switched) mouse button.
Sharon Wang    04 Jul 2013, 12:24
when I tried clicking out of the picture, the lines and boxes just disappear.
Richard Burden    22 Aug 2012, 16:44
All of the text wrapping options are grayed. Picture is selected. MS Word 2003 on Windows XP. Can anything be done?
Ron    25 Jan 2012, 21:02
WORD 2007 SOLUTION: Scratch that last comment and click on the link above in the next-to last paragraph in the article, "You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Editing Wrap Points." See my new comment there.
Ron    25 Jan 2012, 20:37
I'm using Word 2007 and, as Barry Thistlethwaite notes. the 'Edit Wrap Points' option is grayed out and disabled. The only workaround I've discovered is to save the document as a Word 2000 .doc (Compatibility Mode) and edit the wrap points. If I then save it as a Word 2007 .docx, the wrap point editing is lost, so I have to be happy with .doc. There must be a better way.
KaRyan    02 Nov 2011, 22:59
Why is there still a white box even though the setting is "Tight"?
Barry Thistlethwaite    01 Nov 2011, 17:16
Why is the 'Edit Wrap Points' option grayed out even though I have the picture selected and the Wrap Text setting is 'Tight'?
 
 

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