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I am writing a report in a 2 column page format. Now I want to insert a rather large picture that requires to use full width of the page and cut the columns horizontally. How can I achiveve this? Please see the images below for what I mean :

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Can you please better describe what you're trying to accomplish? Based upon your question, it appears that you've already been able to insert a picture across two columns. Do you want the text to wrap top and bottom of the picture? –  dav Feb 26 '13 at 13:09
    
No, in the second image I just drawed a rectangle in photoshop! I want to do the same with an image inside the word iteself. –  Sean87 Feb 26 '13 at 13:35
    
Ok, then see my answer, step 1 for the basic image inserting. The second two steps will help clean up the text flow above and below the image. Good luck. –  dav Feb 26 '13 at 13:43
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If you're looking to have your text read left to right columns above the image, and begin left to right again after the image (rather than left top to bottom, right top to bottom), all you need to do is add two breaks.

  1. Insert your image, Insert > Picture, then Format > Wrap Text > Top & Bottom will insert your image and apply the basic, proper formatting.
  2. Insert a Column Break in the left column where you want your image (this forces the text to the next column).
  3. Insert a Continous Section Break in the right column immediately above the image's location (this pushes the text back to the left column, but below your image).

In the sample image, there is a column break after paragraph 2 (before image) and a section break (continuous) after paragraph 4 (before image).

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Select picture -> Wrap Text -> Top and Bottom

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