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Round Pictures 
In Microsoft Office?

Making Images of Any Shape
and in Word, Publisher Power-
Point, FrontPage and Excel and
Wrapping Text Around them

By Paul Pruitt - MCP, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Net+, HDI Helpdesk Analyst

These steps are like an online university class in creating images.

Screenshot of round image with text wrap

Here are the steps to producing AutoShapes containing pictures in MS Office. The circle/ellipsoid tool is used as an example, but any AutoShape can be used (there are many on the Drawing Toolbar).  You can wrap text around any of these shapes. See the figure at left. 

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  1. Drawing toolbar menu choiceBe sure your Drawing Toolbar is viewable.  See the screenshot at left.

  1. Insert your picture into the document through the Insert Menu. 

    Choose Insert -> Picture -> From File.   
    I will use a picture of a car below.

    Classic car image

  2. Select the ellipsoid on the Drawing Toolbar and draw a circle or ellipse on your screen to the size you want.  Holding down the shift key allows you to draw perfect circles.  (My Drawing Toolbar is attached to the Status Bar on the bottom of the screen; yours may be up top or floating  See below.)

    Drawing toolbar screenshot

    Picture properties Colors and Lines tab screenshot

  3. To add an image to this AutoShape, click to select it and then right click on a line of the circle/ellipse and choose Format AutoShape. Choose the Color and Lines tab. Click the drop down on the Fill option and choose Fill Effects.

  4. Fill effects picture tabIn the Fill Effects dialog box, click the Picture tab and browse to locate the picture you want to insert. The picture you choose will be inserted within the boundaries of the AutoShape you've selected.  (Note I'm using a different picture of the car, in this one, I got rid of the street scenery).
    New oblong car image with stree scenery removed

  5. Picture properties lie and color tab color menu highlightedNext keeping your cursor over the line of the circle/ellipsoid again, select it with the left mouse button, and then right click and choose “Format AutoShape”.  Next Choose the Colors and Lines Tab and Choose the color of the line to be “No Color”.  Don’t change the color of the fill of the circle/ellipsoid.  Note that this step could have been done as soon as you drew the circle/ellipsoid, way back in Step D.  See the figure on the left.

  6. To get extra tight text wrapping, click the Advanced Button on the lower right hand corner of the Layout Tab after you have chosen the “Tight” Wrapping.  Next choose the “Text Wrapping” Tab of the Advanced Layout Configuration Window that appears.  All the way at the bottom, change the “Distance from the Text” Measurements, to 0” from .12” or whatever default you have.  See below.

  7. If you have trouble positioning your image (the image refuses to leave the borders of the page), open up the Format AutoShape again by right click on the previously selected objects line again.  Choose the Layout Tab again, choose the Advanced Button and then the "Picture Position" Tab.  Change various elements of the vertical and horizontal alignment parameters to see if you can get the image to behave as you would like.

Advanced layout picture position tab screenshot

Final results image