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.

Editing Wrap Points

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 10, 2011)

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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.

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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2016-03-28 15:24:03

Nancy Upchurch

My wrap points have more than four points each time I edit them. How do I reset wrap points to default to my edits?


2015-03-14 13:30:23

kennedy

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


2013-08-11 16:31:09

Michael Turner

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.


2013-07-04 12:24:28

Sharon Wang

when I tried clicking out of the picture, the lines and boxes just disappear.


2012-08-22 16:44:43

Richard Burden

All of the text wrapping options are grayed. Picture is selected. MS Word 2003 on Windows XP. Can anything be done?


2012-01-25 21:02:27

Ron

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.


2012-01-25 20:37:01

Ron

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.


2011-11-02 22:59:56

KaRyan

Why is there still a white box even though the setting is "Tight"?


2011-11-01 17:16:28

Barry Thistlethwaite

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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