PowerPoint Wrap Text around Picture Tutorial


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Learn 3 ways in PowerPoint to wrap your text around an image. Find the method that is most effective for your document style presentation.

Why use PowerPoint wrap text around picture option?

PowerPoint wrap text around picture

In business presentations, you usually don’t find the need to wrap text around pictures. Probably that is the reason why there is no direct option available in PowerPoint to wrap text around images.

However, when you want to design posters or announcements using PowerPoint, you may want to use the option to add visual interest to your slides. In this article, we will explore three options to wrap text around images. You may choose the method that suits you the most.

Prepare the text and picture:

The first step is to prepare the text you want to wrap around picture. If you want to generate random text, you can insert a text box from auto shapes menu and type “=rand()” and press ‘Enter’. You will get the following result:

Random  Text in PowerPoint

We wish to use our standard phrase “You can replace this sample text with your own text” – copied multiple times.

Once you have the text ready, insert the picture of your choice. Make sure that the picture has uneven edges to make the effect look interesting. You can insert any PNG image with transparent background as shown below:

Picture and Text for Tutorial

Naturally, some of the text is covered by the picture. So, we need to wrap the text around picture to be able to read the material. Here are three ways to do it.

Related: Ways to insert pictures in PowerPoint

Option 1: Create indents manually with Space bar

Manually aligning text around an image is inefficient because it involves a lot of effort. First, right click on the picture and ‘send to back’.

Sedn Picture Behind Text

Now, wherever you see the text overlapping the picture at the background, use space bar to move the text. The result will be as follows:

Result of manual text wrapping

PowerPoint Wrap Text around Picture Example

Option 2: Insert multiple text boxes

The second alternative is to insert multiple text boxes in PowerPoint using auto shapes menu and place them around the picture. This method is even more tedious than the first method, and so we are not even discussing this at length.

Option 3: Insert a word document (preferred option)

The best way to wrap text around image is to use the readymade option available in Microsoft Word and insert the document onto the slide.

First, type your text in Microsoft word. Insert the picture and move it to the place you want in the document.

Text Picture Wrapping in Word

Right click on the image and go to ‘Text wrapping’ -> Tight.

Tight Picture Text Wrapping

The text nicely wraps around the image as shown below:

Final Result of wrapping

Save the word document. In PowerPoint go to Insert -> Object -> Create from File -> Choose the word document you just created.

Insert Word Document in PPT

Make sure that the small box called ‘Link’ is not checked. Otherwise, every time you want to edit the text, you will be taken to the word document.

This will place the text with image on your slide as shown below:

Final Text Wrapped around Picture in PowerPoint

To edit the text, you just need to double click on the text box. You can change the text alignment, or move the image to a new position or resize the image. The text will wrap around the image automatically. When you click outside the slide, the change will reflect on the slide.

It is easily the most efficient way to wrap text around images in PowerPoint. We do not usually recommend using your presentations as documents. However, you may find this PowerPoint Wrap Text around Picture technique useful in creating brochures or other documents to share with customers.

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