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: Stopping Text from Jumping Around.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 22, 2015)
Deborah had some problems with a drawing object (a block arrow) placed behind the text of a table with rows of fixed width. When Deborah would try to nudge the arrow into position, the text would jump around, even after setting the Wrapping Style for the object to Behind Text.
The first thing to check, of course, is that the wrapping style didn't somehow get inadvertently changed. Select the block arrow, display the Format tab of the ribbon, click the down-arrow at the right of the Send to Back tool (in the Arrange group), then choose Send Behind Text. If this is the setting that was already made, then the next thing to check is where the object is anchored. Follow these steps if you are using Word 2007:
Figure 1. The display options of the Word Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Layout tab of the Format AutoShape dialog box.
Figure 3. The Advanced Layout dialog box.
If you are using Word 2010 or Word 2013, the steps are slightly different:
Figure 4. The display options of the Word Options dialog box.
Figure 5. The Position tab of the Layout dialog box.
At this point you should still see the object anchor, but a little padlock appears next to it to indicate that it is locked. Now you should be able to adjust the positioning of the block arrow itself without your text jumping around.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10075) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Stopping Text from Jumping Around.
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