Beginner’s Guide to Word Wrapping in PowerPoint

Contents
  1. PowerPoint doesn’t support text wrapping, but you can simulate it
  2. Manually insert spaces in text to simulate text wrapping
  3. Wrap text around rectangular shapes
  4. Import wrapped text from Microsoft Word

PowerPoint doesn’t support text wrapping, but you can simulate it

Wrapping text around images, shapes, tables, charts, and other page elements (a common feature in page layout software) is not supported in PowerPoint. There are several workarounds that you can use to simulate text wrapping in a PowerPoint presentation.

The instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint for Office 365 and PowerPoint Online.

Manually insert spaces in text to simulate text wrapping

If you have a small image and you want the text to read from left to right, jumping through the middle, do the following:

  1. Select the image whose text you want to wrap on the slide.

  2. Go to At home select streamline and choose send back † Or right click on the image and select Send back

    if send back is grayed out, the image is already there.

  3. Create a text box above the image and type or paste text into the text box.

  4. Position the cursor in the text so that it is in the upper-left corner of the part of the image you want the text to wrap around. Use a space or tab to create a visual break in the text. As each line of text approaches the left side of the object, use the spacebar or tab several times to move the rest of the text to the right side of the object.

  5. Repeat for each line of text.

Wrap text around rectangular shapes

Use multiple text boxes when wrapping text around square or rectangular shapes. You can use a wide text box above the square shape, then two narrower text boxes, one on each side of the shape, and then another wide text box below the shape.

Import wrapped text from Microsoft Word

If you’re using PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, or PowerPoint 2013, import packaged text from Word into PowerPoint.

  1. Open the PowerPoint slide where you want to use text wrapping.

  2. Go to Insert and choose An object

  3. Select Microsoft Word Document on the list Object type and select Okay to open a Word window.

  4. Paste the image into the Word window and type or paste your text.

  5. Select an image, go to Image Tools Layout select Text wrapping and select Stretched † Or right click on the image, select Text wrapping and select Stretched

  6. Select a PowerPoint slide to see the wrapped text. (If you’re using PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, close the Word file to see the wrapping text in PowerPoint.) In PowerPoint, the image and wrapping text are in the same window that you can move and resize.

  7. To edit wrapped text, double-click the field to reopen Word and make changes.

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