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: Absolutely Positioning a Graphic.

Absolutely Positioning a Graphic

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 25, 2015)

Word, as you know, allows you to insert pictures into your documents. When you insert a picture, it is basically placed where your insertion point is located. You have total control, however, over where your picture is positioned on a page.

Let's say, for instance, that you want your picture to appear exactly 3 inches from the top of the paper, and 2 inches from the left side of the paper. In order to effect this positioning, you would follow these steps if you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003:

  1. Insert your picture as you normally do.
  2. Click on the picture one time to select it.
  3. Choose Picture from the Format menu. Word displays the Format Picture dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Layout tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Layout tab of the Format Picture dialog box.

  6. Select one of the Wrapping options except In Line With Text.
  7. Click the Advanced button. Word displays the Advanced Layout dialog box.
  8. Make sure the Picture Position tab is selected. (See Figure 2.)
  9. Figure 2. The Picture Position tab of the Advanced Layout dialog box.

  10. In the Horizontal area of the dialog box choose Absolute and set the picture to be 2 inches to the right of Page.
  11. In the Vertical area of the dialog box choose Absolute and set the picture to be 3 inches below Page.
  12. Make sure the Move Object with Text check box is cleared.
  13. Close both of the open dialog boxes.

If you are using Word 97 or Word 2000 you should follow these steps:

  1. Insert your picture as you normally do.
  2. Click on the picture one time to select it.
  3. Choose Picture from the Format menu. Word displays the Format Picture dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Position tab is selected.
  5. Using the Horizontal field, and its associated From drop-down list, specify 2 inches from the Page.
  6. Using the Vertical field, and its associated From drop-down list, specify 3 inches from the Page.
  7. Make sure the Move Object with Text check box is cleared.
  8. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1441) 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: Absolutely Positioning a Graphic.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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