How Insert and Use Images in LibreOffice Writer


This beginner’s tutorial will demonstrate how to insert and use images in LibreOffice Writer.

Images are important when you are preparing any documents, and they give the necessary importance to the purpose of the document.

Inserting images and using them is very simple in LibreOffice Writer. Here’s how you can do it

Insert and Use images in the Writer

  • Put the cursor at the position where you would like to insert the image on the Writer page.
  • From the menu, choose Insert – Image. A dialog would open to choose the image. Select the image and press open.
Writer Menu - Insert - Image
Writer Menu – Insert – Image

The image would be inserted in the cursor position of the writer’s document.

After Image Insert - Writer
After Image Insert – Writer

Types of images supported by Writer

Below is the list of image file types supported by LibreOffice Writer:

  • BMP – Windows Bitmap
  • DXF – AutoCAD Interchange Format
  • EMF – Enhanced Metafile
  • EPS – Encapsulated Postscript
  • GIF – Graphics Interchange Format
  • JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • MET – OS/2 Metafile
  • MOV – QuickTime File Format
  • PBM – Portable Bitmap
  • PCT – Mac Pict
  • PCX – Zsoft Paintbrush
  • PDF – Portable Document Format
  • PGM – Portable Graymap
  • PNG – Portable Network Graphic
  • PPM – Portable Pixelmap
  • PSD – Adobe Photoshop
  • RAS – Sun Raster Image
  • SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics
  • SVM – StarView Metafile
  • TGA – Truevision Targa
  • TIFF – Tagged Image File Format
  • WMF – Windows Metafile
  • XBM – X Bitmap
  • XPM – X Pixmap

Video Tutorial

You can also watch the video tutorial on how to insert images in LibreOffice Writer.

Direct YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/PPVvvkZizog


If you are not able to see images and if it’s related to the JRE issue, try to turn on the option: Tools>Options>LIbreOffice Writer>View>Display>Images and Objects

Images display option
Images display option


This is how you can insert images in the Writer document.

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Jarl Arntzen

How can I import page 3 only of a PDF in Writer?

Arindam Giri

Open the PDF in LibreOffice Draw and then you can edit and export.

Tony Levelle

Please add:

After you verify that JRE is selected, check that images are enabled for display: Tools>Options>LIbreOffice Writer>View>Display>Images and Objects

Cranky comment:

For some reason my new download of LibreOffice Writer starts up with a default of “Display images and objects” turned OFF!

Please consider making the view image default ON, instead of burying it 6 levels deep in the menu tree.

Unless an unsuspecting user knows to look and see whether images are displayed, such user risks spending hours and days going down the JRE troubleshooting rathole instead.


1. I want an image to be a full page size, say page 4, and the text to flow from page 3 to page 5. At present I get a big white gap below the text on page 3. How do I do it?

2. How do I create a caption that stays fixed to the bottom of the image when I shift it around?


I just found this site and am already feelnig relief and optimism. I have been really hating LIbre. Maybe now that will change. I am going to read the other articles. Thank you so much!

Aunty Edna

I’ve been battling to move recalcitrant images and tried the fixes outlined above. The Libreoffice commands just don’t seem to work, even worse than Microsoft Word.
Try this – anchor to PAGE, not character. OK – if you’re editing, the image won’t flow, but if you insert images AFTER writing the text, that won’t matter too much. With a PAGE anchor, I find I can move the image at will and not find it bouncing back to some unwanted position.

Craig Bishop

I just downloaded LibreOffice When trying to insert images (*.png), I get the following error as a pop-up window: Information “Image filter not found”. Any ideas how to fix this? Thank you.

Patricia Young

I’m finding that when I insert an image, then direct it to wrap the text Before or After or any other position, the image reverts to Optimal when the doc is re-opened. Is there any way to get my image to remain as I set it? I’m writing a travelogue in .docx format.

Patricia Young

I’ve reported it in bugzilla and ask.libreoffice. Thanks Arindam, it’s apparently an on-going since forever issue.

Patricia Young

You’re right… that’s exactly what happened. In .odt it saved it as ‘Before’. arghghgh! I have to submit them as .docx so I guess I have to live with it?


I’m doing a literature review and lazily using the rectangular copy tool of okular to essentially creates screenshot snippets. Importing them into writer into a bulleted list is just annoying. I want to add it at the bottom of a point were I wrote some text about the pic. I hit shift+enter and insert the image. The image then appears at the beginning of the point. Importing images into tables puts the image over everything unless I anchor it as a character, somtimes it ends up at the beginning of the document despite me being 8 pages in.
Am I doing something completely wrong here under version How to do this properly?
Please don’t make me what my workplace has to offer with word365: “In order to not get our company logo cropped when printing, please use the image insert functionality.
I want to screenshot snippet, ctrl+c and ctrl+v everything pls. Thank you.
Don’t mind the light snarly undertone please =)