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When you insert a graphic in Microsoft Word, Word automatically moves the nearby text for almost all graphic objects, including photographs. You need to control the relationship between your image and text using text wrapping. Here's a document that we created earlier, and when we chose Positioning, we were also choosing Text Wrapping at the same time. Originally, this image was In Line with the Text, which is the default setting for when we drop images into Microsoft Word.
So as well as choosing a Position that's associated with Text Wrapping, you can Wrap Text directly. Again, the default is In Line with Text, where any place there's a photo in that same horizontal plane, there will not be text. But then you can choose Square and Tight, and notice the difference is Square leaves a larger gutter around the image than does Tight, which creates a smaller gutter around the image. You can choose Top and Bottom which leaves even a little more space than we saw with In Line with Text, or you can choose Through, which doesn't always work for photographs but works for many clip-art objects.
So we'll leave this on Tight and go find a clip-art object, and have its text wrap through, and you'll notice that it wraps all the way around the object. You can place text Behind your graphic, or In Front of your graphic, as well as having it wrap around. You can also be much more precise about the boundaries that you would like Word to be attentive to. For example, this abstract picture of olives in the middle of the screen was originally wrapped in a relatively square fashion.
When I choose Edit Wrap Points, then click back out of the object, Word will actually move the text as close as it can go. If we take a look, for example, at this object, our text box and shape, you'll notice that it's wrapped square. Well we can choose to wrap it Tight, which will move it closer. But I actually don't want text up here or down here. I'm happy with this, but to start reading this text across is really hard. Even if for real text, it would be hard.
The fact that it's fake Latin makes it really hard to get any meaning out of it. So we could go Edit the Wrap Points, or we can go to More Layout Options. Let's try editing the wrap points first. I can drag this wrap point to actually show Word that there are areas where I am not interested in having it place text. And I don't have to pull it out evenly, as you notice. I can just pull it out so there's not room for some text. So that's one choice, as I can manually shape the edit points that are around this object.
On a square object, they are exactly where the handles are, but on an object of any other shape, initially it will start with a square or tight wrapping and when I choose Edit Wrap Points, it gives Word the opportunity to move this to Tight with tight wrap points. Another choice though, another easy way to not display the text over here is to choose More Layout Options and to simply say my wrap points are correct, but I only want to put text on the right-hand side of this object. And that has exactly the same effect. So notice as I click out of the object and then move this object, still on the right-hand side and if I move it to the right, effectively there is no text on the left, which would lead me to choose a different option, to say I want to wrap text on whatever the Largest side is.
Now, Word will wrap the left side here. As you position text and objects, you will get used to changes in the objects particularly in how text wraps around or position will make your entire document jump around for a while. This is the way it works in Word. Don't worry. As you finish positioning all of the elements in your document, you can rest assured that they will stay where you want them to stay. However, because the combination of Position and Text Wrapping makes the document move around a lot as I move objects, it's a really good idea to work your way from the top to the bottom of your document as you are placing graphics in Microsoft Word.
So let's go take a look at why we have this space here, for example. You will notice that if we look at our Text Wrapping here it is In Line with Text, and so this text is being shoved down by this object. So if I choose Square, you'll notice that now I have text that flows between these two graphic elements on my page. When you are using Microsoft Word 2010, you use text wrapping to make your graphics stand out, or to blend in, depending on how you want to use graphics to impact your document.
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