How to Wrap Text Around a Picture in Microsoft PowerPoint

Wrapping text around an image gives your presentation a professional look and makes the most of the space on your slide. Even though PowerPoint doesn’t offer the same functionality as Word for wrapping your text, there are several ways to achieve this.

Option 1: Create the skin in Word and insert it in PowerPoint

This first method uses a combination of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. You will take advantage of the text wrapping feature in Word, then insert it as an object in PowerPoint.

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Create skin in Word

Open a blank document in Microsoft Word and enter your text.

Text in a Word document

Add your image by going to the Insert tab. Click the Pictures drop-down arrow and choose the location of your picture from This Device, Stock Images, or Online Pictures.

Insert a picture in Word

Locate and insert your image. You can resize it if needed. Then drag it inside your text and click on the Layout Options icon that appears in the right corner.

Choose the option you want to use under “With Text Wrapping”, such as Square, Tight or Top and Bottom depending on your preference.

Wrap text around an image in Word

You may need to move the image within the text so that it appears in the desired position.

Position image within text in Word

When you’re done, save the document with an easy-to-remember name. Select File > Save, choose a location, enter a file name and click “Save”. Then close the Word document.

Save the Word document

Insert the document into PowerPoint

Open your presentation in PowerPoint and navigate to the slide where you want to add the image and text. Select the Insert tab and click “Object” in the Text section of the ribbon.

Object in PowerPoint Ribbon

In the Insert object box, choose the Create from file option on the left. Select “Browse” to locate the Word document you just saved and closed.

Insert an object box in PowerPoint

Select the file and click “OK”.

Word file selected

You’ll see the file path in the Insert Object box in PowerPoint so you can confirm it’s the correct one. Click OK.”

Insert object box with file path in PowerPoint

After a while, you will see the text and image from the Word document appear on your PowerPoint slide.

Word object inserted into PowerPoint

You can then move, resize, or place the object inline with your other slide elements as desired.

Word object on slide

Keep in mind that you now have an object on your slide, not separate text and image. So if you want to edit the text or image, you’ll need to do so in Word and then reinsert the updated object on your slide.

Option 2: Get creative with text boxes in PowerPoint

Although the above method works well for wrapping text around an image in PowerPoint, it may not be ideal in your situation. You may want to be able to update the text as you go or format it on the fly. In this case, you can insert and arrange text boxes around your image instead.

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If you haven’t already, navigate to the slide where you want the text-wrapped image and insert that image.

Select the Insert tab and use the Images drop-down arrow to locate and add your image. You have the same options as in Microsoft Word: This Device, Stock Images and Online Pictures.

Insert a picture in PowerPoint

Locate the image and click “Insert” to add it to the slide.

You can then move the image by dragging it or resize it by dragging it in or out from a corner or edge. Although not necessary, it is useful to position and size the image before adding the text boxes so that you can place them where you need them.

Image inserted on slide

Then go back to the Insert tab and click “Text Box” in the Text section of the ribbon.

Text Box in PowerPoint Ribbon

You can then draw the text box in the size you want or simply click to place the box on your slide which will adjust as you add your text.

Text box inserted on slide

Enter your text or copy and paste it from your Word document (you’ll need to reopen the file you saved.)

Try adding a small amount of text to the box. If you can break it up into sentences or fragments, it gives you more flexibility to move the text boxes around the image.

Text in a text box on the slide

Continue inserting more text boxes, adding text to each. Then drag the text boxes to place them around the image.

Text box added and moved to slide

Unlike using Word’s object, you can resize the image, change the font size, and make adjustments to fit the elements exactly the way you want them on your slide.

Text wrapped around an image in PowerPoint

You can also anchor the text to the image if you want it to move them together after your formatting and adjustments.

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Until PowerPoint has the same kind of text wrapping functionality as apps like Microsoft Word and Google Docs, these options should have you covered.