How to Wrap Text Around an Oval Object in Word


Although an oval-shaped object may not be as common as the shapes of other objects -- such as square or rectangular pictures -- you regularly insert into Word documents, you can still effectively use the program’s Text Wrapping feature on this object. You can access the text wrapping styles from the Layout Options button, which conveniently appears when you select the object on the document. The Text Wrapping feature also has other available options, such as setting the object’s position on the document.

  • Open the Word document containing the oval object you want to edit.

  • Select the oval object to display the "Layout Options" button. The button contains a half circle surrounded by lines and appears next to the corner of the object. The button is also located in the Arrange section of the "Page Layout" tab in the Ribbon. However, you must first select the object to activate the button.

  • Click the "Layout Options" button to reveal the list of text wrapping styles.

  • Click the text wrapping style you want to use. For example, select "Tight" to wrap the text tightly around the object's oval shape.

  • Select the option to either have the object move on the document as you add or remove text or stay in a fixed position on the page whether you add or delete text.

  • Click "See More" to open the Layout box.

  • Click the "Text Wrapping" tab to reveal more options to configure the text wrapping feature. For example, you can set the distance between the text and the oval object in the Distance From Text section.

  • Click "OK" after you complete the changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to set a specific text wrapping style as the default option, right-click the style and click the "Set as Default" pop-up button.
  • Information in this article applies to Word 2013. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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