Understanding "Through" Text Wrapping

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2020)

Word includes several different ways that you can wrap text around pictures and other objects. Most of those wrapping methods are self-explanatory. There is one wrapping method—through wrapping—that may not make immediate sense.

The way that text is wrapped around an image depends on the wrapping points defined for the image. Wrapping points are nothing but a boundary that text cannot cross when it flows around the image. For many objects and images, the wrapping points define a rectangular box around the image. For other objects and images it may be more irregularly shaped. Consider the following image, which has the wrapping points displayed. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The wrapping points around an image.

These wrapping points define the boundaries of the image. If you specify tight wrapping for the image, then the text is wrapped as close as it can be to the exterior of the image, but no text goes "inside" the image. The following shows how this type of wrapping occurs. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Tight wrapping around an image.

Through wrapping, however, is essentially the same as tight wrapping, except it allows text to wrap so that it fills holes within the image that are created by the path of the wrapping points. See, for instance, the same image with through wrapping applied, as shown in this figure. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Through wrapping for an image.

For many objects there will be no functional difference between tight and through because the wrapping points define a path in which there are no holes. Perhaps the best example would be for text boxes or tables, which are rectangular items. There are no internal holes, so tight and through wrapping have the same result.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9382) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Special Characters in Fields

If you try to add a quote mark or a backslash as part of a field parameter or switch, you may be surprised at what you ...

Discover More

Printing without Opening

Want to print one or more workbooks without the need of actually opening the file? It's easy to do when you rely on ...

Discover More

Changing Your Windows 7 Password

Want to change the password you use when you log into Windows? It's easy to do, as you discover in this tip.

Discover More

The First and Last Word on Word! Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin puts his usual fun and friendly candor back to work to show you how to navigate Word 2013. Spend more time working and less time trying to figure it all out! Check out Word 2013 For Dummies today!

More WordTips (ribbon)

Saving Embedded Images to Individual Files

Word has long allowed you to embed pictures or images in the documents you create. What if you want to get those pictures ...

Discover More

Rotating Fractions in a Text Box

Rotating graphics in Word is not always straight-forward, but it can be done. This tip examines a special need to ...

Discover More

Cropping Graphics

Need your hide some of the outside edges of a graphic? You can instruct Word to crop (or hide) those outside edges by ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 - 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


This Site

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.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.