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How to Move Pictures in Word 2010

Frustrated that you can’t move that photo or image to where you want it? Here’s how to make it so you can drag your pictures all over the place. This tutorial’s first part tells how to move a single picture in a particular document. To change Word’s settings so you’ll always be able to move pictures around, click here.

First, of course, you need to insert the picture you want to move:

  1. Click on the Insert tab on the ribbon at the top of your screen.
  2. Click on Picture in the Illustrations group.
  3. Browse to your picture and insert it into the document.

Now let’s make it move:

  1. Click once on the picture to make sure it selected.
  2. Click on the Format tab under where it says Picture Tools above the ribbon. (This Format tab is called a “contextual tab” because it only shows up when an image is selected.)
  3. Click on the Wrap Text button toward the right-hand side in the Arrange group. The button has a picture of a dog on it.
  4. You have many choices now to make the picture move around. However, my favorite is Behind Text. This is in case you want to type on top of the image. So go ahead and click Behind Text.
  5. Move your mouse into the middle of the picture until it turns into a four-pointed arrow. Then you should be able to drag the image all over the page!

Wrap the Picture Behind the Text

Ah ha! But what if you don’t want to go through that every time. Well then, you can change it permanently! Here’s how:

  1. Click on the File tab in the top left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Click on Options near the bottom of the left-hand side in the box that pops up.
  3. Click on Advanced on the left-hand side of the next box.
  4. Scroll down to the Cut, copy, and paste section.
  5. In that section, on the left-hand side, you’ll see some text that says Insert/paste picture as. Across from it, on the right-hand side, is some text with a drop-down arrow beside it. Click on that arrow.
  6. Click on Behind text.
  7. Click OK to get out of the box.

You should now be able to move your pictures forevermore!

Permanently Move Pictures Around


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17 Responses

  1. Thank you so much! This was the only thing standing in between me and finishing my school assignment. You’re the best!

  2. There appears to be no way of locking a pasted image to the text in Word 2010. The Anchor lock feature does not work. Ideas?

    • Hi John
      I can’t figure out how to do it either. I just tried to highlight both the image and text so I could group them, but Word wouldn’t let me select both together. Sorry I can’t help you!

  3. Thank you very much Kara. i spent 2 hours trying and failing to move my picture….until i read your post and i did it in a jiff! Thanks again.

  4. Thank you! Don’t know why Microsoft made this so complicated, but this solves the issue! Solution works perfectly!


  6. Thanks so much! The microsoft “help” website isn’t anywhere near as helpful as this.

  7. Thanks heaps..doing a manual and you have made it so much easier.

  8. Thanks. Much better help from this than Microsoft help. They never mentioned about the text wrapping, not to mention how to permanently change it so we don’t have to go through all this each and every time.

  9. Thanks! This really is more useful than the Microsoft help website. I found my answer in minutes.

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