How to use Word’s “Arrange” tools to layer elements and build up a label design.
Layering Items In Word Label Templates – A Guide To Word’s Arrange Tools
To layer items in any Word document, including label templates, you need to use the “Arrange” tools. The key tools that you need are “Bring Forward”, “Send Backward”, and (if you are using pictures or shapes) “Wrap Text”.
To find the Arrange tools, left click on an image to select it. This will add a “Format” tools tab to the ribbon at the top of the page. The Arrange section is on the right hand side.
You should always change the “Wrap Text” format of images because Word assigns them a default format called “In Line With Text”. This option restricts the positioning of images according to the blank line of text that Word automatically assigns to each label in label templates – because it assumes that you will want to add text at some point.
We recommend using “Tight”; however, if you find that your item keeps disappearing behind other text-based elements, try using “In Front Of Text” instead.
Now you can use the Arrange tools to layer the different elements in your design. We recommend building your design up from the background forward because this means that you simply need to ensure that each new element you add becomes the next layer above the previous one.
How To Use Word’s Arrange Tools
Select the item you want to layer and choose a “Bring Forward” or “Send Backward” option as follows:
- Bring Forward: this moves your element forward by one layer (i.e. in front of the item above it)
- Bring To Front: this moves your element to the front of all of the other layers / items in your design
- Bring In Front Of Text: this moves your element to the front of other layers / items that contain text
- Send Backward: this moves your element backward by one layer (i.e. behind the item below it)
- Send To Back: this moves your element behind all of the other layers / items in your design
- Send Behind Text: this moves your element behind other layers / items that contain text.
Be careful with “Bring In Front Of Text” and “Send Behind Text” because Word prioritises text-based elements over image-based elements. Try “Bring Forward” and “Send Backward” first and use “Bring In Front Of Text” and “Send Behind Text” as backup options. You also need to remember that Word label templates are made using a table, which is an element in your document that can also be layered. If you use the “Send To Back” option, you may find that your item disappears altogether – because it has been moved behind the table used to create your label template.
The “Selection Pane” tool is also useful if your design is made up of a LOT of different elements. It allows you to select any item in your design. This includes items that have disappeared behind other layers (making it impossible to select it normally).