I am using Microsoft Word 2019 (16.67) on macOS Monterey (12.6.1).
I don’t know if this is a bug in Word for Mac, or if Microsoft somehow considers this a ‘feature’, but it is bloody annoying…
I have a long document with lots of images, most of which are inline (text wrapping set to “In line with text”). A few need to be absolutely positioned on the page, however. These have their text wrapping set to “Top and bottom”.
Here is an example of how their positioning options might look:
This works and positions the image exactly where I want it: 2 cm from the top of the page, centred inside the text margins, fixed, not moving with the text.
The trouble is that, seemingly quite at random, these settings are all undone by Word.
For example, if a heading gets a page break before it somewhere (doesn’t matter where – before or after any of the images), then all the absolutely positioned images in the entire document have their position changed. For the screenshot above, the change would result in:
- Horizontal changes to “Absolute position [xx cm] to the right of Margin”
- Vertical changes to “Absolute position [5 cm] below Page”
- Lock anchor is disabled
- Move object with text is enabled
Note that in the GUI, setting the vertical position to “Absolute position below Page” automatically disables “Move object with text”, so I can’t even create a screenshot with these settings – they’re not normally possible to set. But somehow both are selected whenever this auto-change thing happens.
I’ve noticed that this happens most consistently whenever
- the document text reflows, especially if the reflow causes the document to become a page longer or shorter
- the document is closed and reopened
But it happens randomly as well. Sometimes, while the program is just sitting there and I’m not even interacting with it, it will suddenly hang for about 20 or 30 seconds, and then afterwards the absolutely positioned images are all screwed up… again.