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Tech Tip for Writers #72: How to Move Pics Around in Documents

Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q:I put a picture in my document, but it won’t move. How do I fix that?

A: For a lot of word processing tools, default when inserting a picture on a page is ‘inline’–it treats it as text. Like words on a document, it can’t be easily moved.

Here’s how to fix that in Word:

  • click on the picture
  • Select ‘Picture Tools’ at the top of the screen
  • Select ‘wrap text’ from the ribbon
  • Select ‘tight’ to have words to wrap around it.

If you’re in Google Docs, when you click the image, below the image is the option for ‘in-line’ or ‘wrap’. Select ‘wrap’.

Now drag and drop it anywhere you’d like. It’s that simple.

Questions you want answered about digital tools for writers? Email me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. 

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