Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Problems Pasting Large Pictures.

Problems Pasting Large Pictures

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 5, 2017)

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If you paste a large picture into a document (or resize a small picture so it is larger), the picture may disappear from where you think it should be on the screen. Don't panic; the picture is still there—it is just off the screen at the moment.

A common default setting for pictures is "Move with text" and word-wrap is set to "Above and Below." The picture is attached to a paragraph mark, and when you inserted the picture (or resized it), the paragraph mark and picture pushed to the next page. When this happens, some people panic and think the best solution is to undo the paste/resize.

The picture is still selected, even if you don't see it. An easy way to see the picture again is to make sure the Format tab is visible (it will be, assuming that the picture is still selected). In the Arrange group click Text Wrapping (Word 2007) or Wrap Text (Word 2010 or later) then click In Front of Text.

At this point everything jumps back to where it belongs because the text now flows "through" the picture. This makes it easy to decide if you want to move the picture to the next page manually or keep it where it is.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (4266) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Problems Pasting Large Pictures.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-08-05 08:28:02

Lee

Excellent tip, Allen! I've had that happen several times in Word 2007. I thought it was yet another Word bug. Now I know how to fix it.

By the way, can you include an Edit button for these comments? I know this is not a full-fledged forum, however, it's very annoying when you submit a comment and realize you made an error :(! It's been known to happen :). Thanks.


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