This tutorial shows how to insert images in Microsoft Word. We will also look at how to resize images, align images with the text, and add a border.
- How to Insert an Image
- How to Resize an Image
- How to Align an Image with the Text
- How to Add a Border to an Image
Important Note: This tutorial covers the basics of working with images. Word offers many advanced image features, which we will cover in separate tutorials.
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The images below are from Word for Microsoft 365. These steps also apply to Word 2021, Word 2019, Word 2016, and Word 2013. However, the stock image options will be limited in those older versions of the software.
How to Insert an Image in Microsoft Word
- Place your cursor where you want to insert the image. (This is an approximate placement. You can change the alignment with the text after inserting the images, as shown in the section below.)
- Select the Insert tab in the ribbon.
- Select the Pictures button in the Illustrations group.
- Select the location of the image from the Insert Picture From menu:
- This Device lets you choose an image stored on your computer or network server.
- Stock Images lets you choose stock images, icons, cutout people, stickers, and illustrations. The full stock image library is only available to users signed into Word for Microsoft 365.
- Online Pictures lets you search for images through Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. This option also provides a link to OneDrive.
For this tutorial, we will insert an image stored on the device.
- (For “This Device” option only) Locate the image in the Insert Picture dialog box.
- Select the Insert button.
Your image should now appear in your Word document.
How to Resize an Image in Microsoft Word
- Select the image. A border with resizing handles will appear when the image is selected.
- Select one of the resizing handles and then drag the image to a new size.
Pro Tip: Choose a corner handle to maintain the image’s current shape.
Optional Steps: How to Rotate an Image in Microsoft Word
- Select the image.
- Select the rotation handle at the top of the border.
- Rotate the image to the left or right.
How to Align an Image with the Text in Microsoft Word
- Select the image.
- Select the Layout Options button.
- Select an option from the layout menu:
- In Line with Text
- Top and Bottom
- Behind Text
- In Front of Text
The visual effectiveness of each option will depend on the size of your image and the density of your text. So, you may need to experiment with several options to find the one most suited to your content.
Pro Tip: If you select an option other than In Line with Text, you can select and “grab” the image, and then move it almost anywhere in the document.
How to Add a Border to an Image in Microsoft Word
- Select the image.
- Select the Picture Format tab in the ribbon. (This tab only appears when an image is selected.)
From here, you can add a built-in border or edge effect or manually create a border.
How to Add a Built-In Border or Edge Effect to an Image
- Select the bottom menu arrow in the Picture Styles group.
- Select a frame or other edge effect from the Picture Styles menu.
Your new border or edge effect should appear immediately.
How to Add a Manual Border to an Image
- Select Picture Border in the Picture Styles group.
- Select a color from the drop-down menu.
- Reselect Picture Border, select Weight, and then choose a line thickness.
- Reselect Picture Border, select Dashes, and then choose a line style.
Your new manual border should appear immediately.
Documents with a lot of images can negatively affect Word’s performance. If you notice Word reacting slowing, please see “How to Make Microsoft Word Faster by Hiding Images.”
Updated March 26, 2022