Anchor ClipArt to Text in Word Documents

Does an image you inserted into your Microsoft Word document keep moving around? Here is how to anchor it so that it won’t move unless YOU move it.

In Microsoft Word, you can anchor an image to a block of text so that when the text is moved, the image moves with it. These instructions work for Word 2007 – 2013.

To anchor clip art to a paragraph, follow these steps:

  1. Click the image to highlight it.
  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, click Text Wrapping.
  3. Select a text wrapping option from the list.
    The text wrapping option list
  4. Repeat Step 2 above, then select More Layout Options.
    Anchor clip art to move with text selected in the Advanced Layout dialog box
  5. On the Picture Position tab, select Move Object with Text.
  6. Click OK.

Now you can move the block of text anywhere in your document and the clip art will move with it.

How to lock anchored images

If you delete text and an image somewhere else in the document gets deleted too, then the image anchor is misplaced. You can find where the anchor is located by pressing CTRL+* to view the formatting marks.

Look in the left margin for an anchor iconAnchor icon. It should be next to the paragraph in which you want the clip art anchored. If the image is anchored to the wrong paragraph, click and drag the anchor to the correct paragraph.

Once the anchor is moved to the correct location, lock it by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the image to activate the context menu.
  2. Select Text Wrapping > More Layout Options.
  3. Select Lock Anchor. (The anchor icon changes to lock anchor icon.)
  4. Click OK.

To unlock an image so you can relocate it, follow the steps but clear Lock Anchor and Move Object with Text, then click OK.