by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 17, 2017)
Roxanne wants to create a Word document with artwork locked in place permanently and then allow the user to type directly on top of that artwork. She doesn't want them to mistakenly move the artwork at all, so she is wondering how she can lock it in place permanently.
There are a couple of different ways that you can approach this problem. One is to simply lock the graphic in place and make sure that it is set to be behind text. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Text Wrapping tab of the Layout dialog box (Word 2013).
Figure 2. The Position tab of the Layout dialog box (Word 2013).
If you make these settings, Word theoretically positions the graphic behind your text and doesn't move it. I say theoretically because it is possible that this won't work in all instances—the graphic is still fairly accessible to a user.
Another approach is to make your graphic even a bit harder to get to. The easiest way to do this is to place the graphic in either the header or the footer of the page. You could, if desired, also set a watermark for your document, which places the watermark image (which you choose) into the header of the page. You achieve the same thing and have greater flexibility if you simply insert the graphic in the header or footer yourself.
First, if you are working with a multi-page document and you don't want the graphic to appear on every page, you'll need to place a section break before and after the page on which you want the graphic to appear. Then, follow these general steps:
With the graphic in the header or footer, it is much more difficult for the user to mess up the graphic, and anything that is typed on the page will appear "over" the image. There are a few drawbacks, however. First, you can only place a single image on each page of your document using this technique. Second, it is much more difficult to have other, meaningful information in the header or footer in which the graphic was placed. Third, if you want the image to appear on a printed output, you'll need to set Word's printing settings so that background images are printed.
As with many things in Word, getting your graphic to appear exactly as you want, with the desired relationship between the image and your document text, will take some experimentation. Don't be surprised if your first attempts don't produce what you want, but through trial and error you should be able to get it pretty darn close.
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