How to Use Live Layout in Microsoft Word

In Brief...

When you have an image with text wrapping, you can use the Live Layout feature to see what its placement will look like before committing to the location.

This feature works the same in Microsoft Word 2013 and 2016.


  1. Click the image and drag it.

  2. As you drag the image, you will see a preview of what it will look like if you were to select a particular location; that is, the text will move to show how the image will appear.

  3. When you determine the desired location for your image, release the mouse button.

You will notice an anchor icon as you drag the image. Anchor Icon The anchor shows the location of the image and the text that it is with.

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