Delete and Position Graphics: MS Word

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When inserted, a picture is part of the flow of text, an inline object. Because you have already learned how to format alignment and spacing of regular text, you will now learn how to convert a picture to a floating object.

  1. Click the picture to select it.
  2. Click the Text Wrapping button on the Picture toolbar. This opens the menu.
  3. Click one of the wrapping styles.

You can also use the selections on the Layout tab of the Format Picture dialog box.

The view changes to Print Layout view, and the picture is now a floating object. When you place the mouse pointer over it, the pointer turns into a four-headed arrow, indicating that you can drag it wherever you want to place it.

If you choose either the Square or Tight wrapping options, text flows around the picture. Whether floating or in-line, a picture can be deleted by clicking it and pressing Delete.

If you change to Normal view, the picture will appear as an inline item, perhaps even in a strange location. Don't worry about that as it's the Print Layout view that is what you should be using.

Go ahead and play around with some pictures to really see what happens.

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