You can fill text with a color, but the feature of filling text with an image has been removed in Microsoft Word 2013. However, with a small workaround, you can still do it in Word for Microsoft 365. Here’s how to do it .
If you want to fill your text with a picture in Word, you can’t just type the text and fill it like you would in Word 2010, or even the latest version of PowerPoint. But you can fill the text of a SmartArt graphic with an image.
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First, open the Word application. In the “Illustrations” group of the “Insert” tab, click “SmartArt”.
The “Choose a SmartArt graphic” window appears. In the left pane, choose an option that provides a type of SmartArt graphic in which you can type text. We will use “List” in this example.
Then choose the SmartArt graphic you want to use from the options available in the selected tab. We will use the “Basic Block List” SmartArt graphic. Once selected, click “OK”.
The SmartArt graphic will now appear in the Microsoft Word document. Now delete all items except one in the chart by clicking on each item and pressing the delete key.
Then type the desired text in the remaining graphic.
To better see the image inserted into the text, format your text to be larger. You can do this in the “Font” group of the “Home” tab.
Here are the font specs we’ll be using:
- Font type: Black Cooper
- Cut: 82 pt.
- Format: Fat
This is what our text looks like now.
Then highlight the text by clicking and dragging your cursor over the text.
In the “WordArt Styles” group of the “Format” tab that appears, click the “Text Fill” option.
Towards the bottom of the drop-down menu that appears, click “Image.”
The “Insert images” window then appears. Here, choose where you want to locate an image:
- From a file: Choose an image on your computer.
- Stock Images: Choose an image from an image library.
- Photos online: Search for an image online.
- From the icons: Choose an icon from Word’s icon library.
We will use a stock image.
Select your image from the location you chose, then click “Insert.”
The text will now be filled with the image.
Next, you will need to remove the background from the SmartArt graphic. Check the box then, in the “Shape styles” group of the “Format” tab, click “Shape fill”.
In the drop-down menu that appears, click “No fill”.
The SmartArt background will now be removed, leaving only the text.
Although it’s not as convenient as it used to be, with this little trick you can still insert an image into your text.