This article covers Microsoft Word. PowerPoint and Excel
do not use text wrapping in the same way.
Apart from layering your shapes, you can also tell Word how
you want the text to appear in relation to the shape.
Text wrapping options are as follows:
line with text. Text on the page appears above and below the shape, but does
not appear to the left or right. The first line of text may appear to the
bottom right of the graphic, treating the graphic as just another character
in the paragraph.
- Square. Round or curved shapes are given an invisible square (or rectangle) frame
and text wraps to the frame.
- Tight. Text follows the shape but without overlapping it. The text is an equal distance
from the edges of the graphic.
text. No matter what fill colour or effect is used, text is visible through
the shape. The exception, of course, would be a fill colour that exactly
matched the text colour.
front of text. The shape appears on top of the text. The text is not visible
unless there is no fill, or the fill is set to semitransparent.
When your draw an AutoShape, wrapping style defaults to In
Front Of Text.
For the Square and Tight options, there is a gap between
the object and the text. The size of this gap can be adjusted.
Distance from text
Word has a default value for the distance text will appear
from an object. Try this exercise for an example of how to adjust this distance.
the first page, draw a square.
the square and click on Format Autoshape.
the Layout tab and click on the Advanced button.
the Text Wrapping tab.
a wrapping style of Square.
dialogue box now allows you to modify distance from text (top, bottom, left
and right). Enter some values for these distances.
on OK, and OK.
some dummy text into the document. Check the results.
the square around the screen and notice the effect on the text.
you are adding graphics before adding text, you can use some dummy text
to see what the result will look like. Later, replace the dummy text
with your actual paragraphs. The way to add this text is to start a
new line and type in: =rand(n,nn) where n and nn are whole numbers.
Type in =rand() and you get three paragraphs
and three sentences per paragraph.
Edit wrap points
Text wraps around a graphic based on its Wrap Points. These
(usually) invisible points appear around the outside of a shape or graphic.
Think of it as join-the-dots. Words are not displayed past the lines that
connect the dots.
As well as indicating a measurement, you can manually work
with these points. You can for example, have text partially overlap an object.
Or conversely have text appear a long way from the object at one point, and
close up at another. You can add or delete points, or move them to a new
on Draw Text Wrapping Edit Wrap Points. A red line appears around the
outside of the shape, and it gets some extra handles. Remember that any text
follows the red line, not necessarily the actual shape.
is a good time to zoom in, so you have more control over what you are doing.
you can do here is click and drag the wrap points to a new location. If you
have some text wrapping around the object, you can see the effects straight
add an extra wrap point, just click between two existing wrap points and
drag. Or hold down Ctrl and click.
delete a wrap point, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the point. Note
that the cursor changes to a small cross.
away from the shape when done.
can move the wrap points into or away from the object, so your text
either overlaps the object, or appears further away from it at some
Select the object, and choose Draw Order Send
Behind Text for this to work as expected. It will then display the
shape and the wrapped text.
Next time I will cover text inside a shape, grids and guides.