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Position and Anchor an Object in Word 2011 for Mac

You can easily add all sorts of objects to a Word document in Office 2011 for Mac. Word 2011 gives you shortcuts to position an object in your document. Here's how to get at them:

  1. Select an object.

  2. On the Ribbon’s Format tab, go to the Arrange group and click the Position button.

  3. Choose a position from the gallery.

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When you put an object into a Word document and then add text or other content earlier in the document, your object moves down along with the text in the document. A word-processing document flows that way so that your objects stay in the same relative position to the text as you add or delete text and objects. You can change this behavior, though.

You can make an object stay in an exact position in the document so that text flows around the object, and it doesn't move with the text — this is known as anchoring. Think of this as dropping a boat anchor — water flows by, but the boat stays in the same position relative to the shore. In Word, if you anchor an object to a margin, the object stays in the same relative position. Nonanchored objects and text flow around the object. This anchoring capability is a basis of publishing programs, so it’s natural to use it in Word’s Publishing Layout and Print Layout views. Follow these steps to anchor an object in Word:

  1. Select an object.

  2. On the Ribbon’s Format tab, go to the Arrange group and choose Position→More Layout Options.

  3. Click the Position tab.

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  4. (Optional) Set the position of an object precisely using controls in this dialog.

  5. Under Options, select the Lock Anchor check box.

  6. Click OK to close the Advanced Layout dialog and then click OK to close the Advanced Layout dialog.

Text now flows according to the settings you made, and the object is anchored to the position you selected. Although you can still drag the object to new positions on the page, it won’t move when you add or delete text.

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