How to Put Pictures on PowerPoint While Overlapping Letters

By Ryan Menezes

Arrange PowerPoint objects to suit your presentation's design.
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Pictures and text boxes on PowerPoint slides are separate elements that you can position individually. A text box's letters normally go below or to the side of the corresponding picture, but you can also arrange these components so that they overlap, either for artistic effect or just for practicality. For example, if a picture of one of your company's products contains a significant amount of white space, you may choose to lay its caption partially over it to make best use of the slide's available area.

Click "Insert" on the PowerPoint Ribbon.

Click "Picture" in the Images group to open the Insert Picture dialog box.

Navigate to and double-click a picture to add it to the slide.

Hover your mouse pointer over a text box until the pointer turns into a four-headed arrow.

Click to select the entire text box with a gray border.

Drag the text box over the picture so that they overlap.

Click "Home" on the Ribbon and click "Arrange" in the Drawing tab to open a drop-down menu.

Click "Bring to Front" to bring the letters into view in front of the picture.


If the text is hard to read, fill the text box with white, or whatever color matches the slide's background.