Wrap text around an object in PowerPoint 2007

You can manually wrap text around any object, such as a table, picture, shape, chart, SmartArt graphic, and more in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007.

What do you want to do?


Wrap text around a square object

You can easily wrap text around a square object by inserting multiple text boxes around the object.

  1. Insert your image into your PowerPoint slide. If you are unsure how to do this, refer to the article Insert a picture or clip art.

 Tip   You may want to use the ruler and gridlines to measure and lay out your slide. On the View tab, in the Show/Hide group, select the Ruler and Gridlines check boxes. The ruler appears above your slide and the slide displays gridlines in one inch (1”) increments.

Show/Hide tab on the Ribbon

  1. Position your object where you want it on the slide. Consider how you want your image to be positioned in relation to your text.

For example, do you want your image to be completely surrounded by text? Or do you maybe want the image on the right or left with the text next to it?

In the following example, the image is surrounded by text. To do that, four text boxes were placed around the object: one above, one on the left, another on the right, and a final one below the object.

Slide with object, textboxes shown and numbered, no text.

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, select Text Box. Modify the width and position of the first text box so that it will fit the text you wish to write, and then type your text.
  2. After you fill up all of the space in your first text box, insert another two text boxes (one to the right and the other to the left of your image). Again, you will need to modify the width of the text box and position it so that it fits your text.

Slide with object inserted, text boxes shown, and partial text.

 Tip   You may want to use the Snap objects to grid feature to hold your clip art and text boxes in place. If you are unsure how to do this, refer to the article Turn the snap to grid and snap to object options on or off.

  1. Continue adding text boxes and writing text until you have the layout that you desire.

 Note   In this example, the text has been justified, meaning that the text has been aligned to the left and right margins. This creates clean margins but leaves "rivers" of white in the text.

Slide with object inserted, text boxes shown, and text completed.

 Tip   You may also want to arrange your text boxes so that they are aligned with each other. For more information on arranging text boxes, refer to the article Align or arrange a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt.

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Wrap text around an irregular object

  1. Insert an image on your PowerPoint slide. If you are unsure how to do this, refer to the article Insert a picture or clip art.
  2. Right-click anywhere on the object, point to Send to Back, and then click Send to Back.

Slide with irregular object and right-click menu

  1. Type or paste your text over your object.
  2. Point to the text at the top left edge of your object, and then use the TAB and/or SPACEBAR to move the text past the right edge of the object.

Slide with image and covering text

  1. Repeat step 3 until each covering line of text has been moved beyond the right edge of the object.

Slide with image uncovered from text

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007