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Wrapping text around graphics

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Video: Wrapping text around graphics

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.

Wrapping text around graphics

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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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
    3. Creating placeholder text
      2m 57s
  2. 33m 47s
    1. Using the Word interface
      8m 56s
    2. Understanding the Ribbon
      8m 10s
    3. Customizing the Quick Access toolbar
      3m 10s
    4. Using Word's document tools
      8m 5s
    5. Using the Navigation pane to find words or phrases in a document
      5m 26s
  3. 30m 53s
    1. Managing documents with Backstage view
      4m 42s
    2. Creating a new document from a template
      5m 11s
    3. Making it easy to find and open documents
      3m 59s
    4. Saving a Word document for yourself or others
      7m 1s
    5. Printing a document and choosing a printer
      3m 33s
    6. Setting print options
      6m 27s
  4. 24m 24s
    1. Selecting text using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts
      4m 57s
    2. Rearranging text using Cut, Copy, and Paste
      7m 38s
    3. Undoing and redoing actions
      4m 8s
    4. Finding and replacing text
      7m 41s
  5. 27m 40s
    1. Understanding fonts
      6m 32s
    2. Working with fonts
      5m 29s
    3. Applying basic formatting
      6m 25s
    4. Changing the case of text
      4m 22s
    5. Using text effects and adding impact to a document
      4m 52s
  6. 29m 44s
    1. Aligning and justifying paragraphs
      2m 55s
    2. Changing line spacing
      5m 2s
    3. Using indents and setting tabs
      7m 20s
    4. Creating a bulleted or numbered list
      6m 11s
    5. Keeping text together through page breaks
      4m 2s
    6. Applying shading and borders to paragraphs
      4m 14s
  7. 50m 10s
    1. Power formatting with styles
      7m 34s
    2. Changing a document's theme
      6m 59s
    3. Changing style sets, color sets, fonts, and paragraph spacing
      3m 31s
    4. Applying Quick Styles and clearing formatting
      5m 18s
    5. Creating a Quick Style set
      6m 24s
    6. Using the Navigation pane with styles
      3m 1s
    7. Easily creating a table of contents
      5m 32s
    8. Restricting formatting to a selection of styles
      4m 58s
    9. Creating a multilevel list using styles
      6m 53s
  8. 48m 1s
    1. Creating a table to organize text
      6m 11s
    2. Converting text to tables
      3m 36s
    3. Formatting tables for readability
      4m 8s
    4. Adding and removing columns
      5m 36s
    5. Sorting table data
      5m 19s
    6. Merging, splitting, and formatting cells to create a form
      8m 53s
    7. Converting a table to text
      2m 41s
    8. Inserting an Excel table for calculations and charts
      7m 18s
    9. Using Quick Tables
      4m 19s
  9. 1h 7m
    1. Illustrating documents with pictures, shapes, and clip art
      8m 43s
    2. Positioning, sizing, and cropping graphics
      6m 11s
    3. Wrapping text around graphics
      4m 54s
    4. Laying out text and graphics with a table
      6m 50s
    5. Adjusting brightness, contrast, and sharpness of photos
      4m 30s
    6. Applying special effects to graphics
      5m 4s
    7. Applying styles to graphics
      5m 40s
    8. Illustrating with charts: Inserting a chart from Excel
      8m 26s
    9. Illustrating with diagrams: Using SmartArt
      10m 22s
    10. Illustrating with screenshots: Capturing screenshots from your computer
      3m 17s
    11. Illustrating with WordArt
      3m 35s
  10. 34m 10s
    1. Understanding building blocks
      3m 41s
    2. Numbering pages and applying headers and footers
      6m 56s
    3. Adding cover pages and blank pages
      3m 50s
    4. Using text boxes for document design
      8m 16s
    5. Creating and saving custom headers and footers
      6m 21s
    6. Creating and saving Quick Parts
      5m 6s
  11. 23m 40s
    1. Setting page margins, page orientation, and paper size
      6m 30s
    2. Inserting sections to organize a document
      5m 17s
    3. Using columns
      5m 23s
    4. Using watermarks, page borders, and colors
      6m 30s
  12. 20m 15s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      5m 6s
    2. Setting proofing and AutoCorrect options
      7m 21s
    3. Using the Thesaurus and Research and Translation tools
      7m 48s
  13. 21m 3s
    1. Tracking changes and showing markup
      5m 29s
    2. Accepting and rejecting changes
      4m 35s
    3. Comparing and combining documents
      6m 42s
    4. Coauthoring documents with SharePoint
      4m 17s
  14. 40m 56s
    1. Trouble-free document sharing
      5m 38s
    2. Emailing a document
      4m 4s
    3. Saving a document to a Windows Live drive
      4m 8s
    4. Saving to SharePoint and sharing a document link
      3m 59s
    5. Using Word on the web
      3m 4s
    6. Blogging with a document
      4m 27s
    7. Finalizing and password-protecting a document
      3m 38s
    8. Restricting editing for all or part of a document
      6m 3s
    9. Digitally signing a document
      5m 55s
  15. 25m 18s
    1. Changing Word options
      5m 42s
    2. Customizing the Ribbon
      7m 22s
    3. Creating and playing a macro
      8m 8s
    4. Assigning a macro to the Ribbon
      4m 6s
  16. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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