How to Anchor Pictures to Text in PowerPoint

By Filonia LeChat

Creating a PowerPoint presentation for your employees may be a daily or fairly common procedure, as the program makes an ideal platform for new training procedure materials, sales pitches and annual shareholder education. PowerPoint also allows you to tidy up your slides so that they’re not haphazard. Instead, present a strong and easy to understand slideshow by anchoring your text to the images they describe. In Microsoft programs, anchoring is called grouping, and you’re able to anchor text to serve as image captions, citations, references and more.

Open PowerPoint and delete the two placeholder text boxes called “Click to add title” and “Click to add title” by clicking once on their borders and pressing the keyboard’s “Delete” key.

Click the “Insert” tab at the top of the screen. Click the “Picture” button below the tab on the ribbon.

Browse to the picture to anchor to the text. Double-click the image. Drag it into preferred position on the slide, such as the middle.

Click the “Text Box” button, also on the “Insert” tab’s ribbon. Note that the cursor becomes a four-way arrow.

Press and hold the left mouse button. Drag the mouse to the preferred text box size and release the button. You can always adjust the text box to fit the text later. You can also click the text box and drag it into place, such as directly under the picture.

Type the text to anchor to the picture, such as a caption or the name of the photographer.

Position the cursor in the white space on the PowerPoint slide. Press and hold down the left mouse button and drag to form a rectangle or square around both the text and the picture, highlighted in default PowerPoint blue.

Click the orange “Drawing Tools” tab at the top of the screen.

Click the “Group” button. The text and picture are now anchored, or grouped, together.

Click the "File" tab, select "Save As," type the file name and click the "Save" button.


These instructions show you how to anchor pictures and text from scratch, but you can complete the task with an existing slide as well. Open the presentation and navigate to the slide with the picture and text to anchor together. Follow the rest of the instructions in the same way.

Although PowerPoint opens with two placeholder text boxes with “Click here to add title” and “Click here to add subtitle,” these two text boxes aren’t able to be grouped. This is why you don’t use them as part of the anchoring; instead, you add a new text box.