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How to Place Text on Top of a Picture or a Picture Behind Text in Google Docs: The Workarounds
Here is a common question from a Google Docs user: So here's the deal...I would like to insert a picture into a Google Doc. I would like the picture to be behind the text. I looked up online for an answer, and found that I must:
Insert the picture as a drawing.
Add a text box to the drawing and insert the text.
This seems very cumbersome...Any thoughts?
Great question. Unfortunately, you have hit on one of Google Docs' biggest flaws/limitations. It has no "Behind Text" text wrapping feature. Microsoft Word does have this feature though (see my screenshot below). I'm not sure what you are creating, so I'm not sure if it is something you could do in Microsoft Word instead. Also, many peple out there simply don't have a full-blown licensed version of Microsoft Word.
What I did below was to insert a photo and then type some text, click on the Text Wrapping button, and then chose Behind text. Then, I used the Windows Snipping Tool (found in nearly every version of Microsoft Windows), and I "snipped" the image below, chose Copy and then Pasted it into the Google Doc. So, you'd be bringing it from Word into the Google Doc. This would work also. Again, it's a bit cumbersome. I have a few other ways, also (see below).
You mentioned using Google Drawings to Insert a Drawing and adding a Text Box within Google Drawings. This would also work, and it would be easy to add the drawing to your Google Doc. Just click Insert>>Drawing, add the photo and text box in Drawings, and pop it into your Doc. So that's another method, because Google Docs does not have the ability to add a text box itself, it must use Drawings for this feature.
Maybe the best way overall would be to use Google Slides because it does have an Insert>>Text Box option. Just one more way in which Google Slides is far more versatile and powerful than Google Docs. If you used Slides, you could position the text box on top of the image and then position the image within the slide. The slide could also be re-sized similar to a typical Doc layout by going to File>>Page Setup and choosing Standard 4x3 from the drop-down menu. It would be easier to drag the photo so that it fills the entire slide this way. When done, you could go to File>>Download as>>PNG Image and it becomes a saved photo you can insert into your Google Doc if you wish. This is the method that I use when I make my fancy print tutorials with all of the screenshots, arrows, and text boxes.
All of these methods are cumbersome to a point, only because Google Docs does not have the Insert>>Text Box or the Text wrapping>>Behind text option. But the methods explained above are all good workarounds which only take a few more seconds each.
Published in March 2016, this is one of my favorite posts from our Port Huron Schools EdTech Weebly blog . What is a Doctopus, you ask? And for that matter, what is a Goobric? I'm so glad you asked. I took a lengthy look at both tools and put together this step-by-step guide/article that I hope will help teachers tie together three great Google student assessment and management tools: Google Classroom, Goobric (a Google online rubric) and student assignment submissions (linked through Doctopus) all in one place. Here is the article: ift.tt/1QVW54z http:// fb.me/7DQ2ITOYU
Desktop Apps to Use: In Google Docs ( docs.google.com ) , use the Add-In called Open ClipArt . This adds ClipArt to your Google Docs. In Google Slides ( slides.google.com ) , go to the Insert menu and insert WordArt, Line, Shape and Image. In PowerPoint , go to Insert>>Pictures or Insert>>Shapes. Use a different slide for each of your logo designs. Note : Upload to Google Drive when finished. Legal Image Search Tips: In Google Slides : If you go to Insert>>Image , use the Search tab. It searches only images that are free and legal to use to use (not copyrighted). Creative Commons (CC Search) : What makes CC Search so great is that it is more than just an image search. Search 12 different media sites from within one page (including Flickr, Google and YouTube). It searches music and video sites as well as images. Pixabay.com : Free high-quality images. Only requires a login if you want to save the images to your account. Ot
Keyboard Shortcuts: It All Depends on Context (A Deeper Dive) It's true. I can write a full in-depth article on just about anything technology-related. Even something as seemingly straightforward as keyboard shortcuts. Who knew how complex this topic could be. You might have wondered why a shortcut like Ctrl+D does one thing in one app or extension, while the same shortcut does something completely different in another. Hopefully, I can shed some light on a bit of the keyboard shortcuts confusion. Here are some things to consider: 1. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D in Google Slides or PowerPoint, for example. If you're in Google Slides and you select a graphic object, you can press Ctrl+D and it will duplicate the object. This should work the same way for everyone. However, if you are not selecting an object in a slide, but are just in Filmstrip mode instead, pressing Ctrl+D will duplicate the slide. And, if you are not in Google Slides but on a random website, pressing Ct