Move a WordArt, shape, or text box


 Tip    You can watch a video showing how to move or position WordArt.

What do you want to do?


Position a WordArt, shape, or text box

  1. Click the WordArt, shape, or text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) that you want to position or move.

If you click a WordArt or other object (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.) to select it and another object is selected instead, it may be because the other object is in the layer above the WordArt that you’re aiming for. To change the order in which objects are stacked, see the section on moving WordArt and other objects forward or backwards.

  1. Do one of the following:
  • Drag the object to its new location.
  • To constrain an object so that it moves only horizontally or vertically, press and hold SHIFT while you drag the object.
  • To move in small increments, press and hold CTRL while you press an arrow key.

 Notes 

Move a WordArt, shape, or text box, forward or backward

When you add WordArt, shapes, a text box, or other objects (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.) to your Office documents, they automatically stack in individual layers as you add them. You see the stacking order when objects overlap — the top object covers a portion of the objects beneath it.

Objects in stack

Stacked shapes showing overlap

If you have WordArt, shapes, text boxes, or other objects that are grouped (group: A collection of objects that behave as one for the purpose of moving, resizing, or rotating them. A group can be composed of multiple sets of groups.) or stacked on top of each other, you can move objects or groups of objects up or down within the stack one layer at a time, or you can move them to the top or bottom of a stack in one move.

  1. Click the WordArt, shape, text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.), or other object that you want to move up or down in the stack.

Try to click a part of the WordArt or other object that is not obscured by another object in the stack. If you can’t select the object that you want, you may need to move other objects that are currently above it in the stack first.

 Tip    If you have a lot of WordArt, shapes, text boxes, or other objects, you may want to use the Selection Pane, found in the Arrange group on the Drawing Tools Format tab to select the object that you want.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group do one of the following:

Arrange group in Word

The Arrange group in Word. Note that Excel and PowerPoint do not have the Position and Wrap Text buttons in the Arrange group.

If you don't see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, make sure that you've selected the WordArt, shape, text box, or other object. You may have to double-click the object to open the Format tab.

  • To move an object one step closer to the front of the stack, click the arrow next to Bring Forward, and then click Bring Forward.
  • To bring an object to the top of the stack, click the arrow next to Bring Forward, and then click Bring to Front.
  • To move an object one step down within the stack, click the arrow next to Send Backward, and then click Send Backward.
  • To move an object to the bottom of the stack, click the arrow next to Send Backward, and then click Send to Back.

 Notes 

In Word, you have the additional ability to move the WordArt or other object in front of or behind your text. After you click the arrow next to Bring Forward, click Bring in Front of Text. Conversely, to move the WordArt or other object behind your text, click the arrow next to Send Backward, and then click Send Behind Text.

In Word, you can also change how a picture or clip art is positioned with text within a document by using the Position and Wrap Text buttons. For more information, see Wrap text around a picture.

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Applies to:
Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010