Position graphics and text

Do one of the following:

ShowChange the margins around text in an AutoShape or text box

ShowAlign text in an AutoShape or text box

You use the Text Direction command ( Format menu) to orient text vertically (top to bottom) in an AutoShape (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.) or a 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.).

  1. Click the AutoShape or text box that contains text you want to align.

The AutoShape must contain text before you can change the text alignment.

  1. Do one of the following:

ShowChange the text-wrapping style for a picture or drawing object

You can change this setting for a floating drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.) or a drawing object (drawing object: Any graphic you draw or insert, which can be changed and enhanced. Drawing objects include AutoShapes, curves, lines, and WordArt.) that is not on a drawing canvas. You cannot change this setting for an object that is on a drawing canvas.

  1. Select the picture, drawing object, or drawing canvas.
  2. On the Format menu, click the command for the type of object you selected — for example, AutoShape or Picture, and then click the Layout tab.
  3. Click the text-wrapping style you want.
  4. For more text-wrapping options, click Advanced, and then click the Text Wrapping tab.

 Note   To determine whether text wraps inside of a drawing object, right-click the object, click the command for the type of object you selected — for example, Format AutoShape or Format Text Box, and then click the Text Box tab. Select or clear the Word wrap text in AutoShape check box.

ShowMove a drawing object in front of or behind text

ShowPosition a drawing object in relation to page, text, or other anchor

You can change this setting for a drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.) or a floating object (floating object: A graphic or other object that is inserted in the drawing layer so that you can position it precisely on the page or in front of or behind text or other objects.) that is not on a drawing canvas. You cannot change this setting for an inline (inline object: A graphic or other object that is positioned directly in the text of a Microsoft Word document at the insertion point.) object or an object that is on a drawing canvas.

  1. On the Format menu, click the command for the type of object you selected — for example, AutoShape, Text Box, Picture, or Drawing Canvas — click the Layout tab, and then click Advanced.
  2. In the Advanced Layout dialog box, click the Picture Position tab, and then select the options you want for your horizontal and vertical anchors — for example, margin, page, or paragraph. You can align the object relative to the anchor, or you can enter a precise numeric position for the object relative to the anchor.

ShowTip

You can attach an object to a paragraph so that they move together:

  • To ensure that the selected object moves up or down with the paragraph it's anchored to, select the Move object with text check box.
  • To ensure that an object remains anchored to the same paragraph when you move the object, select the Lock anchor check box.
  • To enable objects with the same wrapping style to overlap, select the Allow overlap check box.

ShowPosition a frame

You can position, or place, a frame (frame: A container that you can resize and position anywhere on the page. To position text or graphics that contain comments, footnotes, endnotes, or certain fields, you must use a frame instead of a text box.) by dragging it, or you can align it with a reference point, such as a paragraph, page, margin, or newspaper column. A frame pushes the surrounding text aside. The frame is always anchored to the closest paragraph and appears on the same page as the paragraph it's anchored to.

  1. Select the frame, right-click, and then click Format Frame.
  2. In the Horizontal and Vertical sections, click the options you want.

 Notes 

  • To ensure that the selected frame moves up or down with the paragraph it's anchored to, select the Move with text check box. To ensure that a frame remains anchored to the same paragraph when you move the frame, select the Lock anchor check box.
  • You can also position the frame by dragging it. Select the frame by moving the pointer over the frame's border until the pointer becomes a four-headed arrow. Then drag the frame to a new location.

ShowResize a text box to fit the text

You can resize a 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 an AutoShape (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.) that contains text so that it is as long or as short as the text that it contains. This setting does not apply to linked text boxes.

  1. Select the text box. To do this, move the pointer over the border of the text box until the pointer becomes a four-headed arrow, and then click the border.
  2. On the Format menu, click the command for the type of object you selected — for example, AutoShape or Text Box — and then click the Text Box tab.
  3. Select the Resize AutoShape to fit text check box.
 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003