So I've got this stack of code that sorts through a text file and writes all of the things neatly just how I want them into a word document for printing. The only trouble is that I would like to include an image at the top of the word document which I have stored in a .png or .jpg file as needed. Is there a way to get Java to put the image(s) at the top of the page before writing the rest of the document?
Word documents are structured file formats; simply prepending binary image data to them is not going to work.
The common Java API for working with DOC files is Apache POI, and it doesn't yet support adding images (although it can extract existing images just fine). A workaround (or hack, depending on your point of view) is described here. In particular, in the messages by Rainer Schwarze of Oct 11 and Oct 15.