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How to Wrap Text in PowerPoint

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When designing a presentation, you’ll most likely need to add some text to your slides. For example, you might want to explain a picture or you might want to describe the steps of a process. 

Do you know the concept of text wrapping? It allows you to give “shape” to the text, so that it is displayed on the screen the way you want it. Even though PowerPoint doesn’t have a dedicated option for this, there’s a workaround, so keep reading to find out how!

What Is Text Wrapping and Why Use It?

Text wrapping, as its name suggests, is a feature that makes your text wrap around other elements present in the slide, mainly images. Instead of spending a lot of time spacing out words and adjusting text boxes so that they do not overlap, there’s a little trick to do so, and it involves the use of Microsoft Word too.

So, to avoid having words cluttered and help improve readability, you can try text wrapping. In fact, it might give your text a certain visual effect, which is good for purposes such as posters or ads.

Wrapping Text Around an Image in PowerPoint

As we’ve mentioned before, the main workaround involves using Word in conjunction with PowerPoint. So, let’s see the steps to wrap text.

First, run Microsoft Word and enter some text. In our case, we’ll write some lines about six planets of the solar system. Now, we’ll need to insert an image. To do so, go to the Insert tab, click Pictures and then choose “This Device”. Locate the image you want to use and click Insert.

How to Wrap Text in PowerPoint
Inserting an image

Next, right-click on the image. You’ll see some options, including “Wrap Text”, which is the one we need. If you hover over that option, you’ll see a list of different wrapping layouts. Just choose your preferred one.

How to Wrap Text in PPT
Wrap Text options

Now that you have this, don’t close Word. Run PowerPoint and open your presentation. Then, go to the slide where you want to add this content that we have in Word. Now, go to the Insert tab and, on the “Text group”, click Object.

Wrap Text in PowerPoint
Inserting an Object

A new window will open. In the “Object type” box, you need to choose the “Microsoft Word Document” option and then click OK. This will actually create an object that can be edited as if you were in Microsoft Word, despite actually being in PowerPoint.

Wrap Text in PPT
Choose "Microsoft Word Document"

What does this mean now? We can copy the text and the image from our Word document here, and the same options will be available for you!

Wrap Text in Power Point
Copying from Word to PowerPoint

Try right-clicking on the image in this “Word-inside-PowerPoint” object that we have in the slide. See? The Wrap Text option is there, and you can choose a different one if you wish to do so.

Wrapping Text Around an Image in Power Point
Options from Word in PowerPoint

There’s an interesting option called “Edit Wrap Points”. When selecting it, a series of points will appear surrounding the image that you have. This is like the “outline” of the image that the wrapping text will respect. You can select these points and drag them around and the wrapping will be adjusted automatically.

Wrapping Text Around an Image in PPT
Editing wrap points

Remember that you can still modify the text however you want: size, color, font… When you’re done, click outside the object box and you’ll return to the slide. Whenever you want to modify the wrapping or the text, just double-click on it and you’ll return to this “Word-in-PowerPoint” object.

Wrapping Text Around an Image in PowerPoint
Modifying the text

Now it’s your chance to put it into practice. Download one of our templates for PowerPoint and try to use your own images and text. Remember to use the same fonts as the ones used in your presentation so that you keep consistency!

If you need more information on how to edit text or other elements on a slide, check out all the tutorials we have for PowerPoint. You’ll be creating presentations in no time!

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