How much time have you spent meticulously spacing out words in PowerPoint, trying to get them to wrap around an image exactly right?
It sure would be nice if there was a text-wapping feature, but unfortunately even the most current version in 2019 does not include it. Luckily, G2 is here with a workaround for you.
How to wrap text around a picture in PowerPoint
Because PowerPoint has no built-in text-wrapping feature, you’ll need to utilize text wrapping in Microsoft Word, then insert the Word document into your PowerPoint slide. That’s just the gist of it—follow these step-by-step instructions to wrap text in PowerPoint.
How to wrap text in PowerPoint
Open a PowerPoint slide
Go to Insert > Object > Microsoft Word Document
Arrange your content using text wrapping in Word
Adjust the Word document in your PowerPoint slide
Note: You will need both Microsoft PowerPoint and Word to use this method.
1. Open a PowerPoint slide
Start by opening PowerPoint, then selecting the slide in which you want to include text wrapping.
2. Go to Insert > Object > Microsoft Word Document
Navigate to menu bar at the top of your screen and click on “Insert” to open the dropdown menu. From that menu, select “Object.” An “Insert object” window will pop up.
In the window under “Object Type,” select “Microsoft Word Document,” then click “OK.”
3. Arrange your content using text-wrapping in Word
After clicking “OK,” a Word document will automatically open. Add your image by either dragging and dropping it into your document, or going to “Insert” > “Pictures.”
Right click on the image to open the image options, then hover over “Wrap Text” to open the text-wrapping menu.
From here, you can choose whichever text-wrapping option suits your needs.
4. Adjust the Word document in your PowerPoint slide
You’re pretty much all done! When you go back to PowerPoint, you will see the text-wrapped image from your Word document in your PowerPoint slide.
You can move and resize the Word document like any other object in PowerPoint, but if you want to adjust the content within, you must do that in Word.
There’s usually a workaround when it comes to Microsoft 365, but if you find yourself more design-inclined, you might want to experiment with using graphic design software that is more geared toward text-wrapping and other design strategies.