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)

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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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2017-02-13 11:20:16

Lisa

Perfect fix Allen; thank you!


2017-01-02 05:44:23

Ken Endacott

1. Select the picture
2. Home > Font group then click the small arrow at the bottom right to display the font menu.
3. Advanced tab then change the Position to Normal. If you want it higher then set Position to Raised and specify the points in 'By:'

As you can see, this feature is hidden away in an obscure menu. You would have a hard time finding it by yourself.


2017-01-01 20:49:54

Meredyth Sawyer

When I go into 'position' all the lines are 'greyed out' and I can't use them. I need to get a picture that is hanging under the line, to sit on top of the line as normal. 'In line with text'. Please help. This driving me nuts. It only happens when something I've downloaded has this but what causes it, so I can undo it?


2016-08-31 21:29:56

Meredyth Sawyer

Why do people assume that if you have a problem, you haven't tried the obvious. My picture is positioned with 'in line with text'. My problem is that the end of line symbol is positioned at the top/right corner of my picture instead of bottom right. I don't want it like this & I don't know how it got that way, as the picture was downloaded. How do I get the picture sitting on the text line instead of under it?


2016-04-15 10:27:06

BMH

So frustrated. I am creating a document with a lot of pictures and want the layout to be tight and inside margins. When I first insert the picture it is "in line with text" form and I cannot select its positioning. With this last picture, no matter how many times I change the layout, it does not change. I closed the file and reopened with the same result. I am unable to place the picture where I want it. Grr! Please help. How to fix if changing layout options does absolutely nothing.


2016-04-01 16:28:28

Dave Nereson

(For Word 2000): "Insert your picture as you normally do." But the picture will not insert, so there's no "normal" procedure that has worked for me. I have it on Print view, and I have picture placeholder unchecked, but the picture still will not insert -- just the placeholder appears, no image.


2015-08-20 07:05:51

Shulong

Where is Picture? I can't find it.


2014-11-01 16:03:17

Linda Paul

I have a graphic positioned at the top of the page. There is text below that I wish to select to apply Developer tools. When I go to select the text, the graphic jumps into the selection.

I have tried deselecting "move with text" and I've tried sending the image back, I've tried adding extra lines between the image and the text, what else can I try?


2014-06-06 11:00:35

jan neal

I can't turn this off on a project someone send me to change. The pictures are inline with text and won't let me change to anything else.
jan


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