Objects can be inserted into a document in two ways: embedded or floating. Built-in objects are at the same level as your text and are in a stream of text that surrounds the object. Floating objects are objects placed on a layer above your text. An object that basically indicates where the floating object is relative to the text in your document is called an anchor object.
When you click an object to select it, and if the object is really floating, and looking at your document in layout mode, you can see the anchor of the object on the screen.
Anchors of the object are used to indicate the paragraph to which the object is bound. Why is it important? Because it may affect the location of the object in the document. To see how it works, you need to review the settings that allow you to position the object.
Method 1: Removing the Anchor
Before we delve into the purpose of a small anchor in Word and get the most out of it, let’s see how you can remove it if you have a problem with it. If you don’t want the anchor to be fully displayed, it’s better to disable this feature in a Word document. This is easy. That’s all you need to do:
- Create a new one or open a Word document.
- Go to File (top left corner).
- Select “Options” at the bottom of the page.
- Select “View” from the pop-up window.
- Make sure that the “Object Anchor” checkbox is unchecked in the “Always show these formatting marks on the screen” section.
If you now insert an object, image or symbol, the small anchor symbol will not appear.
Method 2: Removing the Anchor
Another option is to change the object or image from floating to interactive. This means that the floating object will move with the text in different ways. However, if the object or image matches the text, it means that it behaves like text itself.
This is where it is, and it moves like lines of text. If you do not want images in a Word document to be specially sorted and formatted, aligning the image with text will remove the binding. So, here is what you need to do:
- Click on the object next to the anchor you want to remove.
- In the upper right corner of the object you can see the symbol for the layout options.
- Click the option Online with text.
- The anchor will disappear and your image is now embedded, not floating.
If you change your mind, you can always click the object again and select “Move text” to return the object to the floating state. In this case the anchor is displayed again.
Note that these steps only work if you are working with a floating object. Even with built-in objects, you cannot adjust their position relative to the anchor of the object. (Anchors of an object exist only for floating objects).
Regardless of which version of Word you use http://windowsbulletin.com/how-to-remove-an-anchor-in-microsoft-word/, the dialog box that appears contains many controls that determine the location of the drawing. You can set the vertical position of the image relative to the paragraph to which it is bound. So when you see an object georeferenced, you can better understand the location of the image.
Text Wrapping in Microsoft Word
Text Wrapping refers to the way the images are positioned relative to the text in the document so that you can control the presentation of images and graphics. You can do this in Microsoft Word:
In Line with Text
This option places the image on the same line as the surrounding text. Thus, the image is moved when adding or deleting text, while the other options here mean that the image remains in the same position, while the text is moved and flowing.
This wraps the image around the text from all sides at right angles, as if it were rectangular. This is the most common form of text transfer.
Top and Bottom
Text is placed above and below the image so that it is placed on a separate line. This is especially useful for large images that take up most of the page width.
This is similar to Square, but without a rectangular area, so the text flows around the edges of the image itself. Useful for non-standard shaped images.
Similar to Tight, but the text also fills the empty space in the image.