Would you like to make your document look more professional? Do you want to add elements to further describe the content? Do you need to illustrate an idea? You will surely need to add pictures and shapes in your document, and of course Microsoft Word handles them without any problem, even in their app for Android. Let's see how you can access these features and how you can use them on your Android smartphone or tablet:
NOTE: Before going any further, in order to format paragraphs in your document, launch Word and create a new document and enter text, or open an existing one - follow the links for the required steps.
How to insert pictures in Microsoft Word for Android
To be able to insert objects into your document, you first need to access the appropriate menu. Tap on the A icon in the menu bar, to do so.
Now tap Home to access additional menus.
A list of available options will pop up: tap Insert in this list.
Now tap Pictures and find the picture you want to insert in the document.
Your device's default file manager will open and let you choose a picture. Use it to find the picture you need, then tap on it to insert it in the document.
That's it! The picture has been inserted, as you can see below.
How to edit pictures in Microsoft Word for Android
After you have inserted and selected a picture in the document, the Picture menu opens up, where you have additional editing options. To apply a style to your picture, tap Styles on the menu.
You will see a wide range of different 2D and 3D styles: tap the one you would like applied to your picture.
To set how text wraps around your picture, tap Wrap Text on the Picture menu.
You will again see a list of possible options for text wrapping. Choose the one you prefer: you can have your picture "In Line with Text" , have text surround it in a Square shape, make text wrap Tight or Through the picture (for non-square pictures), wrap at only "Top and Bottom" of the picture, or you can put the picture completely "Behind Text" or "In Front of Text".
You can also arrange your picture relative to other objects and text. Tap Arrange on the Picture menu to see related options.
Here you can choose from six different options: "Bring Forward" and "Send Backward" move the picture one step forward or one step back, relative to other objects, while "Bring to Front" and "Send to Back" move it completely to the front or the back. "Bring in Front of Text" and "Send Behind Text" define the images position relative to document text.
You can also crop your picture if you need to cut off parts from it. Tap Crop on the Picture menu to access the tool.
Now you need to reposition the picture's black border, marking the crop area.
Tap Crop again to crop the picture to its new size.
If you made unwanted changes to your picture, you can reset it. Tap Reset on the Picture menu to see available options.
Here you have two possibilities: "Reset Picture" removes all modifications and restores the originally inserted picture, while "Reset Size" only undoes cropping and resizing, restoring the picture to its original size, keeping any style changes.
How to insert shapes in Microsoft Word for Android
To insert shapes into your document, tap Shapes on the Insert menu.
You will see a long list of shapes you can insert into your document, starting with the most recently used ones and continuing with Lines, Rectangles, Basic Shapes, Block Arrows, Equation Shapes, Flowchart elements, Stars and Banners, and Callouts.
Tap any of these to insert them into the document.
How to edit shapes in Microsoft Word for Android
After you have inserted and selected a shape in Word, the Shape menu is activated, where you can edit the shape. To apply a style, tap "Shape Styles".
Choose a style from the list and tap it to apply it to the selected shape.
To change the shape's fill color, tap Fill on the Shape menu.
Choose a color from the list and tap it to apply it to the selected shape.
To change the shape's outline color, tap Outline on the Shape menu.
Choose a color from the list, then tap it to apply it to the selected shape.
To change text wrapping options, tap "Wrap Text" on the Shape menu.
Tap the wrapping option you would like to use: the options are the same as in the case of pictures.
To arrange your shape relative to other objects, tap Arrange on the Shape menu.
Tap to choose how you would like to have your shape arranged. The options are the same as in the case of pictures.
You might think that inserting pictures and shapes into documents is not a big feature, but it is a very common task. Thankfully Word makes it easy for us and even gives us some options to customize the pictures and shapes. To top it off, there is a huge library of shapes, which could really come in handy to illustrate some more complicated ideas in a document. If you have any questions about Microsoft Office for Android don't hesitate to ask them below, in the comments section.