Insert Picture in Word

Dear Computer Lady,

Hi there! I am having trouble with Word. I cannot insert a picture in there at all. I know there is some kind of setting somewhere but I sure can’t find it.

Can you please help me? Mary


Dear Mary,

You can insert pictures in Word, but it is not always the easiest program to use for combining pictures and text.

Here is how I like to insert a picture in a word document. You did not specify what version of Word you are using, so my example is with Word 2007.

1. Start by placing your insertion point in the paragraph or spot on the page where you want your picture to be placed.

2. Click on the “Insert” tab at the top of the window, and click on the “Picture” icon to open the Insert Picture dialog box.

3. In the dialog box, locate the picture that you want to insert in your document (this assumes that you know where your picture is stored) and click once on the picture to select it.

4. Click on the “Insert” button at the bottom of the dialog box, and the picture will be added to your document.

5. If the picture is too large, click once on it and then drag one corner of the picture to make it smaller.

Your picture is now in your Word document. It is in line with your text, which means that as you add or remove text from your document, the picture will move around. Most documents will need a little bit more work to get the picture and text to look the way we want.

1. Click once on your picture to select it.

2. When you click on your picture, a “Picture Tools” tab will appear at the very top of the window. Click on the “Format” tab just below Picture Tools.

3. In the Format bar, click on the “Position” icon, then select one of the “Text Wrapping” settings until you find the effect you are looking for.

4. You can drag the picture around in your document until everything looks perfect.


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