Learning Resources

Wrapping styles

Five images with text each with a different wrapping style

Examples of wrapping styles:
Callout 1 Square.
Callout 2 Tight.
Callout 3 Behind text.
Callout 4 In front of text.
Callout 5 In line with text.

Here's a word about each of the wrapping styles and when you might use them:

  • Square places the graphic in an imaginary box that fits its largest dimensions, and then wraps text around the sides of the image. This style is useful at the beginning of paragraphs if you want a clean edge to the text.
  • Tight has a positioning effect similar to that of Square, but text fits tightly around the edges of the actual image, as opposed to the imaginary box. This style is useful in the middle of a block of text when you don't want white space around the graphic.
  • Behind text places the image behind and showing through text. The graphics layer is underneath the text layer. This style is useful if you have a subtle graphic that doesn't overpower your text. To select a graphic positioned behind text, click the Select Objects button Button image on the Drawing toolbar, and then click the graphic.
  • In front of text places the image in front of text, obscuring it. The graphics layer is on top of the text layer. This style is of limited use because it hides the text.
  • In line with text puts the image inline — not floating — for when you want the image to act as a text character. This wrapping style tends to work best with smaller images because they're less disruptive to the surrounding text.

With floating graphics (depending on the wrapping style), you can use the Horizontal alignment options in the Format Picture dialog box to align the image in the middle of text so that it's surrounded on all sides by text, or you can move it to the left or right margin and surround it with text on three sides.