Is there a way to control the order in which Word 2016 copies in a set of images into a document? If I select a set of images in Windows Explorer, and drag them into my document, they are not copied into the document in any discernible order - not by filename, or created date, or mod date...

If I have a set of images such as


I want to copy all these images into Word in the order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Is there a simple trick that I'm missing, or does this require a macro?

I've got to do this for multiple sets of images across multiple sections within the documentI've got a Word document that will require me to import multiple sets of images. For example, in Section 1, I'll include:


In Section 2, I'll have


and so on for multiple sets within my document.


There is a "simple" trick (or so it seems): use the Pictures import dialog. From the Insert ribbon, choose "Pictures" from the Illustrations group, navigate to the folder of images, sort the images accordingly by selecting the appropriate column, select all images, and import.

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Through my test, there's a simpler way.

You can put all these pictures in one folder and sort them in whatever order you want.

Then drag these files directly into the word.

These pictures appear in Word in the order of the folder.

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  • This is exactly my question, though; when I do the steps you outlined above (which is what I'm doing in my OP), the files are not added in the order shown in Explorer.I think you're right that it works for maybe 2-3 files, but when I try to do ~20, they are not added to the document in order. – the_meter413 Mar 27 at 17:57
  • If you need to insert a large number of pictures, it is recommended that you use the insert feature. – Binggo_ MSFT 2 days ago

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