Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Selecting a Graphic that is Behind Text.

Selecting a Graphic that is Behind Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 16, 2018)

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When you add graphics to your document, Word allows you to arrange the graphics so they are behind the text. In other words, the text appears in front of the graphic. If you later need to make changes to the graphic in some way, you may not know exactly how to select it when it is obscured by the text in your document.

If the graphic is not fully covered by text—perhaps there is a small corner of the graphic sticking out from behind the text—then you can select the graphic by simply clicking on the portion that is not covered by text. However, the easiest way to select a graphic—even if it is behind text—is to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the Home tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  2. Click the Select tool (in the Editing group) and then choose Select Objects.
  3. Click on the graphic you want to select, without regard to any text that may be covering it.

When you are done working with your graphics, make sure you again follow steps 1 and 2 (to turn it off), or press Esc. You must turn off the Select Objects tool, otherwise you won't be able to edit any of the text in your document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9297) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Selecting a Graphic that is 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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2018-10-16 10:27:10

Jennifer Thomas

This technique is great for selecting the graphic remnants that exist after a PDF to Word conversion - hope that helps!


2016-04-03 05:35:37

Rafi

Thank you for the help, it is a lifesaver.


2015-04-20 23:04:12

yasser

دمتم گرم دمتم گرم دمتم گرم . . . .
Thanks alot


2015-02-10 22:53:04

Joel

Thanks for this! Gave myself unnecessary stress trying to get that picture selected. Didn't know it was that simple. haha!


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