How to Put Text On An Image in Word (and Customize it)

Candy Wrapper

Even as you read this post you will see that we have an image on the left and the text is wrapped around it. We have all seen such image alignments in


, magazines, newspapers etc. Then there are ways to put text on an image too. You must have seen examples of those.

Wrapping text around images is pretty easy in MS Word. Something more interesting is wrapping images that have different shapes or maybe having that done across an image. For instance, check the image below. We have put text on an image completely and modified the wrapping alignment to make it look the way we want.

Wrapping Sample Image E1350744095502

Today we will see how to do that. We will see how to wrap images and different shapes with text. We will learn to modify wrapping nodes in order to achieve this. Let us begin.

Steps to Apply Image Wrap and Edit Wrap Points

The process that we shall discuss has been tried on MS Word 2007 and the steps should be almost similar on other versions. I suggest that your try this as you read through.

Step 1: First and foremost you must have an image present in your document. If you don’t, insert one right away. You can modify the shape of your image by using Picture Tools if that is what you desire.

Ms Word Picture Tools

Step 2: In order to wrap text exactly to the shape of the image you need to navigate to Picture Tools -> Text Wrapping and select Tight. You may want to give a try to what others mean.

Text Wrapping Tight

Here, if the image is rectangular, the wrapping would be rectangular as well. If it has a different shape, text will align itself to the design of the picture or shape.

Wrapping Around Shape

Now, the point really is to move the text over and across the image. And selecting wrapping style as Behind Text won’t always help. Try it out.

Step 3: So we will stick to Tight and navigate to Text Wrapping again. This time out intention is to edit the wrap nodes. Thus, we will choose the option to Edit Wrap Points.

Edit Wrap Points

The moment you do this, red lines will appear around your image with square dots at the corners and some more points (if required).

Showing Wrap Nodes

Step 4: You may hold the line at any point and drag it to a desired location. The point you hold will reap a new node. Here’s what we did with our image. Note that the new boundary (red lines) becomes the wrapping shape.

Modified Wrap Nodes

Note: In case you want to remove an existing node simply hold the Ctrl key and click on that point.


A quick and easy way to play around with text on images don’t you think? I tried doing few cards, letters etc. The results were quite good. Try it out.

Image Credit: Pinguino

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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