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: Moving Drawing Objects.

Moving Drawing Objects

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 14, 2014)

Other issues of WordTips present different ways to create various objects using the Drawing toolbar. If you want to change the positioning of these objects once they are placed in your document, you can do so in this manner:

  1. Using the mouse, point to the shape you want to move, and click on it. Word places small square boxes called handles around the shape. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. A selected drawing object has handles around it.

  3. Using the mouse, point to the object. The mouse pointer should turn into a four-headed arrow.
  4. Click and hold down the mouse button. Drag the object to the position desired.
  5. Release the mouse button.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13135) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Moving Drawing Objects.

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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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