Word 2003 - Anchoring Charts, Graphics and Other Objects


Word contains features which facilitate insertion of graphics, charts, tables, photographs and other types of objects within a document.  However, if you later add additional text or objects above existing ones, the previously inserted objects often move to inappropriate areas of the page or sometimes even to different pages from the text they illustrate.

To correct this problem, use the instructions below to anchor objects to the text you want them to appear near.

Anchoring Objects in a Word Document

To anchor graphics, tables & charts in your document:

1. Select the item to be anchored

2. Right click and choose Format Picture or Format Object, as appropriate.

3. Open the Layout tab

4. Choose any layout other than In Line with Text

5. Click the Advanced button

6. If needed, move to the Position Picture tab.

7. In the Options section at the bottom of the dialogue box, tick both the Move object with text and Lock anchor boxes.

8. Use the options in the Horizontal and Vertical sections of the same dialogue box to fix the position of the object as required.

9. If you want text to flow around the object, move to the Text Wrapping tab and select the option you need.

10. Click OK to close the Advanced Layout dialog box.

11. Click OK to activate the settings you've chosen.  

Viewing Anchors

If you are having problems managing the location of an object in a document, check to see whether it has been anchored in some way.  If it has, you can adjust the settings discussed in the section above.  If not, anchor it as required.

To check whether an object has been anchored:

1. Turn on the Show/Hide icon Show / Hide icon and click on the object. (This will show many of the non-printing commands in your document.)

2. Select the object. If it has been anchored, an anchor symbol will appear somewhere in the vicinity of the object, as illustrated below.

Example anchoring

If you have related questions, Microsoft has an online tutorial which you may find helpful here|.