Category Archives: Layout

Excel Printing difficulties: Instant Solution with Page Layout view

Printing from Excel requires careful adjustments in the Print Preview mode. Lot of trial and error is required and enormous amount of time is wasted.

Here is a simple and immediate solution to all printing related issues in Excel.

Excel printing solution: Use Page Layout View

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How to create a formal document in Word?

This is the last article in the series on Word Sections. You must read these articles to follow the concepts explained in this article.

Be stylish – Use Word Styles
Unknown but extremely useful: SECTIONs in Word
Word Sections – Part 2 – Partial Multiple Columns
Word Sections – Part 3 – Headers and Footers

What is a formal document? It contains a title page, table of contents and the actual content. Page numbers start only from the actual content. Numbers start with 1. But the page number is not shown on the first page. We will see how to create such a document template in this article.

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Word Sections – Part 3 – Headers and Footers

Please read the following articles in the series to get a better understanding of this post.
Unknown but extremely useful: SECTIONs in Word
Word Sections – Part 2 – Partial Multiple Columns

Headers, Footers and Page numbers can also be customized at section level. However, there is one peculiar thing you need to know before you can use this effectively.

Word sections - Headers and footers - Dr. Nitin Paranjape

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Unknown but extremely useful: SECTIONs in Word

This is such an underutilized and unknown feature that Microsoft had to label the dialog wrongly to accommodate the global ignorance!

Hardly anyone (except avid Word users) know about sections – even though these are integral parts of Word documents. These have many powerful advantages. Not knowing about sections leads to enormous amount of extra effort across the globe. It is a pandemic of inefficiency in this context.

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Irritant: Text and Picture layout problems in Word?

New series

Our Copy Paste series is not yet over. But I am starting another one based upon feedback from readers. In this series, I will cover common  problems and solutions, starting with perhaps one of the most common irritant: Text and Picture layout problems in Word.

There are already many such sites for quick troubleshooting or Tips and Tricks. That is like spoon-feeding. This blog is not a quick fix.

Therefore, after giving the immediate solution, I will also explain the concept behind it and related features. This way, you learn something specific as well as something larger and generic. It amplifies the benefit and makes you more capable and confident.

Problem 1 – Text does not wrap around a Picture

When you insert a picture which is smaller than the width of the document it just stays there and space around it is wasted. If you type something before it, the picture moves. Very irritating! You want the text to wrap around nicely.


Quick Fix

  1. Click on the picture.
  2. Picture Tools menu appears in the Ribbon.
  3. Click on it. Choose Wrap Text dropdown
  4. Click Square
  5. That’s it

text and picture layout options in Word

If you realize that you need to set the Square option often, click on the last option Set as Default Layout. Now onwards, when you insert a picture, the desired layout is applied  automatically.

Text and Picture Layout Knowledge

  • When a picture is added, it behaves as though it is text – because that is the default setting In Line With Text
  • It basically means that the picture is treated as text (like a large font text).. Therefore it moves around when you edit the text before it
  • There are two modes in which pictures (or other objects) can be treated by Word
  • As text or as a floating object
  • Clicking on SQUARE option makes it a floating object and also specifies how it interacts with the document text.
  • Word is smart enough to wrap the text around
  • If you move the picture, the text will readjust


  • Try different modes and see how it behaves. You will learn the usage.

More Picture Layout Knowledge

Look at the dropdown.

First option is treat the Image as text.

Next section (from Square, Tight, Through, Top and Bottom ) controls how the text wraps around the text.

The third section (Behind or In Front) decides the object position with respect to the text. Behind text is like having a paper on which you put a sticker and then printed the text on it. In Front of text is like you printed the text and then put a sticker on top of it.

More options of course give you more sophisticated options. If you need to do precise arrangements in layouts like newsletters, professional reports, case studies, brochures – you must know every option there. You will be surprised to know how sophisticated it is.

Final option is obvious. If you have changed the settings and you like them, then set those as the default.

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