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 it gives 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 Writer

  • Put the cursor at the position where you would like to insert the image in the Writer page.
  • From 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 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
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Video Tutorial

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

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If you are not able to see images and if it’s related to JRE issue, try to turn 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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6 thoughts on “How Insert and Use Images in LibreOffice Writer

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    1. Then insert a table with 1 col and 2 rows. Expand the table to entire page to fit your image and caption. Then insert the image inside the table row 1. Then write the caption in row 2. This should help.

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