Cropping Images Using Microsoft Word
Pictures and illustrations can be an effective way of adding interest or getting your message across. Inserting images can be pictures from a clip art gallery, or files that you have collected over the years.
Microsoft Word has lots of great picture editing features, one of which is the crop feature. As the name signifies, this feature lets you cut out a portion of your pictures. Cropping pictures in Word is useful if you want to remove unwanted areas from your image.
To Crop an Image
When you crop an image, a part of the picture is removed. Cropping images may be helpful when a picture has a lot of content and you want to focus on only part of it.
- Double-click on the image that you want to crop.
- On the Ribbon, click the Format tab on the Size group.
- Click on the Crop command drop-down arrow.
- Cropping handles now appear around the edge of the image.
- Place your mouse pointer on anyone of the cropping handles by clicking, holding, and dragging the cropping handles to crop the portion of the image that you want to remove.
- Click off of the image to deselect it and you now have your new desired image.
- You can also click the Crop to Shape button to create a more desired effect like the completed oval image.
- NOTE: As with all images, we recommend adding alternative text to images so that tools used by people with visual disabilities can relay what the image is about. Doing so makes the intent behind your images — cropped or not! — accessible to all. To add alt text, right click on your image, select the Layout and Properties icon, then add your short description in the Description box. Ignore the “Title” field. You can read more about alt text and digital accessibility here.
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