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The final document showing text inserted into a picture in Microsoft Word.

The final document showing text inserted into a picture in Microsoft Word.

How to Create your Own Meme by Adding Text to a Picture in Word

Have you noticed that some of the most successful pictures on Pinterest, or on Google images, are pictures that have text added to them? Why is this? It is said that a picture often says more than a thousand words – but a picture with words not only gives a visual indication of the subject, but it also gives it a byline that captures the audience’s eye.

You may think that most image creators use top photo editing software to insert phrases into their pictures but with Microsoft Word you can produce decent pictures with words inserted into them.

The step by step process below will show you how to add text to any picture using Microsoft Word 2007 (the process is similar for Word 2010):

Step One – Inserting a Picture into Word

The instructions below are a step by step guide to inserting pictures into Microsoft Word:

  • Open a new blank word document.
  • Using the ribbon click Insert->Picture
  • Browse to your picture and double click the picture or click Insert
  • Use the squares surrounding the picture to manipulate to the size required

Please note that if you are using a picture from the web you should always get permission to use the picture prior to publishing an amended version online.

Inserting the picture into Microsoft Word

Inserting the picture into Microsoft Word

Step Two – Add Text to a Picture using Word Art

Now that you have formatted the picture, the text can be added. The instructions below are a step by step guide to adding text to a picture in Microsoft Word:

  • Create a Text Object: Using the ribbon click Insert->Word Art-> WordArtStyle1 (You will be able to change the style later).
Inserting Word Art

Inserting Word Art

  • Type in the text that you wish to add to the picture, amend the font and size appropriately and click OK. Choose a fairly small size initially, you can always amend later.
  • The text is added above the picture. In the ribbon you should see a Format menu option – if you do not, click the text once and it should appear.
  • Click on the Text Wrapping item and select In Front of Text.
Choosing the option 'In Front of Text'

Choosing the option 'In Front of Text'

  • Using the ‘square’ boxes around the text object, manipulate the size so it covers the width of the picture; you can indent it a little from each edge to ensure the text is centered nicely. As you format the text in Step 3 you may have to re-align the text so that it remains inside the picture.
Text is now inside the picture.

Text is now inside the picture.

Step Three – Formatting the Text inside the Picture.

Once the text is aligned within the picture it can be formatted and styled. The instructions below are a step by step guide to formatting text inside a picture on Microsoft Word. At times you will see the text object expand outside of the picture – simply use the square boxes around the text object to bring it back inside the picture.

The format menu for the text object has various options that allow you to change the format and style of the text:

  • Edit Text: this allows you to edit the text, change the formatting of the text and change the alignment of the text. To make the text expand over multiple lines use the return key when editing the text. You can use any font that is installed in Word, or download some fonts from the web.
  • Word Art Style: You have various options that allow you to change the Word Art Style. You can select a different style, change the fill using solid colors, gradients or textures, change the weight and color of the outline or change the shape that the text will follow. (Example, curved, rectangular etc.). As you hover over each style Microsoft Word automatically previews the new style.
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  • Shadow Effects: allows shadows to be added to the text; there are options for different types of shadows and different directions of shadowing. You have the ability to change the color of the shadow and make it semi transparent.
  • 3D Effects: allows 3D effects to be applied to the text ; there are options to change the style, texture, size, rotation, lighting and color of the 3D effects.

Other options include the ability to rotate the text, change the size of the text, change the positioning of the text and adjust the spacing, alignment and orientation.

If you want different fonts for different words you will have to add additional text objects and format them independently from each other.


Step 4 - Finalizing the Picture

There are many ways to transfer the final picture to a picture file. The easiest way is to take a screen shot using the functionality of your operating system and then manipulate with a standard graphics software.

Example - in Windows 7 you can use the Snipping Tool or Print Scrn to take a screen shot and then use MS Paint to edit the picture.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Meme brah on April 10, 2018:

Thanks bro

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 17, 2015:

This is just another feature in Word that I've never explored, and I should!

Voted UP, etc.

Leah on March 08, 2014:

Thank you sooooo much for writing this out! Knowledge appreciated!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on August 23, 2012:

Bookmarking! Really basic and useful info. Thanks.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on August 22, 2012:

Thank you thank you for this wonderful hub. I'm not good at finding out information like this.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

Rema T V from Chennai, India on August 22, 2012:

Hi Simon,

Great hub. Very useful. I have not tried this before and am going to try it out immediately. There is so much scope to work efficiently producing excellent results with our articles and pictures but one hardly has the time to learn these easy yet great tips.

You have made this very simple for me by explaining the method of inserting text into a picture in an easy-to-understand manner. Sharing it across the hub community.

Cheers, Rema.

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