Disable or change autoformatting in Word

Discussion in 'Word Graphics' started by Mike, May 31, 2010.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    How do I change the auto format in Word so my pictures stay in one place?
    Mike, May 31, 2010
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    Jay Freedman Guest

    In Word, "AutoFormat" is a format term referring to a specific feature
    that has nothing to do with the placement of pictures.

    Pictures can be either "in line with text" or "floating". Pictures
    that are in line with text behave like single characters, so they move
    only when changes occur in the text around them. Floating pictures are
    the ones that you can drag to any location on the page, and they can
    also be moved because other pictures bump them out of position or
    because the surrounding formatting does something to them.

    If preventing movement is your main concern, always use "in line with
    text". It isn't as flexible in letting you place things exactly where
    you want them, but at least it is predictable.

    "In line with text" is one kind of text wrapping. There are about a
    half dozen variations of floating text wrapping, including "square",
    "tight", "top and bottom", "in front of text" and "behind text".

    You can set an option in the Options dialog to determine the initial
    text wrapping whenever a picture is inserted or pasted into a
    document. After it's inserted, you can right-click a picture and
    change its text wrapping to another type.

    Jay Freedman
    Microsoft Word MVP
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    Jay Freedman, May 31, 2010
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