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: Moving Images Behind Text.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 26, 2018)
Word allows you to place all sorts of graphic images in your documents. Many times you may want to place the images behind the text. Exactly how you do this depends on the type of images with which you are working.
If you are working with an image you created by using the Shapes tool on the Insert tab of the ribbon, you can follow these steps:
If you are using any other kind of image, perhaps one you inserted from a graphics file, then the process is different:
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7792) 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: Moving Images Behind Text.
Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!
The way that you choose to add pictures to your document can have an effect on the file size of those documents. It is ...Discover More
Got a bunch of graphics in a document that need replacing? (Perhaps you need to replace an old logo with a new one.) Word ...Discover More
Add some artwork around the border of your printed page, and you may not know where that artwork comes from. You may also ...Discover More
Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.