Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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.

Moving Images Behind Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 3, 2016)


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:

  1. Select the shape.
  2. Make sure the Format tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  3. In the Arrange group, click the down-arrow next to the Send to Back tool. Word displays a series of options.
  4. Choose Send Behind Text from the submenu. The image should move behind the text.

If you are using any other kind of image, perhaps one you inserted from a graphics file, then the process is different:

  1. Select the image.
  2. Make sure the Format tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  3. In the Arrange group, click the Text Wrapping tool. Word displays a list of wrapping methods you can choose.
  4. Choose the Behind Text option.

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 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Moving Images Behind Text.

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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2016-05-08 14:18:50


What is going on? This isn't working for me! I have to write my book and it's not working... I need to put a background I found online in the back of the cover... Help! :/ Unsubscribing and looking for a new website.

2016-04-08 05:11:18


how do i move an image behind another image

2014-10-14 08:25:20


How do i move a picture after it has been moved behing the text? Say a month later when the picture is not aligned anymore with the text.
Kind Regards

2014-07-10 18:58:59


This was incredibly helpful. thank you

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