Positioning images within the text

When you add an image to a text document, you need to choose how to position it with respect to the text and other graphics. The positioning of images is often rather time-consuming and may be very frustrating for both inexperienced and experienced users. As Writer is a word processor rather than a desktop publishing program, there are some limitations to the flexibility in positioning images and it takes time to get things exactly as you would like them.

Positioning of images is controlled by four settings:

  • Arrangement controls how images are stacked upon each other or relative to the text.
  • Alignment refers to the vertical or horizontal placement of a graphic in relation to the chosen anchoring point.
  • Anchoring refers to the reference point for the image. This point could be the page, the frame where the object is, a paragraph, or even a character.
  • Text wrapping refers to the relation of images to surrounding text, which may wrap around the image on one or both sides, be overprinted behind or in front of the image, or treat the image as a separate paragraph or character.

You can access these settings in the following ways:

  • From the Format menu.
  • From the pop-up menu when you right-click on the image.
  • From the Object toolbar.
  • From the Type and Wrapping tabs of the Picture dialog for images. (You cannot control the arrangement using the dialog.) To open the Picture dialog, click on the image to select it and then choose Format > Picture or right-click on the image and choose Picture on the pop-up menu.

Arranging images

Arrangement refers to an image’s stacking position relative to other graphic objects or text. Arranging is only relevant when objects are overlapping. You can choose between four settings, plus a special setting for drawing objects.

The Arrange menu

The Arrange menu

  • Bring to Front: places the image on top of any other graphics or text.
  • Bring Forward: brings the image one level up in the stack (z-axis). Depending on the number of overlapping objects, you may need to apply this option several times to obtain the desired result.
  • Send Backward: the opposite of Bring Forward; sends the selected object one level down in the object stack.
  • Send to Back: sends the selected image to the bottom of the stack, so that other graphics and text cover it.
  • To Background / To Foreground: only available for drawing objects; moves the drawing object behind or in front of the text.

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