How To Use AutoShapes In Word To Type Text In Images

While you can use a text box to add a word or two to your Word document pictures, it is easier to position text typed directly onto the picture itself. While Word does not let you type directly onto a pasted picture, it does let you add text to AutoShapes. By turning your picture into an AutoShape, you can type directly on it. Follow these steps:

  • Right-click any toolbar.
  • Click Drawing.
  • Click AutoShapes on the Drawing toolbar.
  • Point to Basic Shapes and click Rectangle.
  • Click and drag in your document where you want to position the rectangle.
  • Click the Fill Color button’s drop-down arrow in the Drawing toolbar.
  • Click Fill Effects and then click the Picture tab.
  • Click the Select Picture button.
  • Navigate to the picture and click Insert. Click OK.
  • With the shape still selected, right-click the shape and select Add Text.
  • Type the text you want at the prompt.
  • Select and right-click the text.
  • Click Font.
  • Choose the desired font, font size, color, etc. from the Font dialog box and then click OK.

You can position the text within the shape by adding blank lines, spacing, indents, or any other paragraph formatting you wish.

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