Formatting pictures in Word can enhance their appearance. Use and format pictures to better suit your Word documents.
Video: Formatting PicturesWatch the video (4:34).
There are a variety of ways to format pictures in your document. Depending on how the images are used and where they are placed, you can use Word's picture tools to personalize and modify them in interesting ways.
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To crop an image:
When you crop an image, a part of the picture is removed. Cropping may be helpful when a picture has a lot of content and you want to focus on only part of it.
- Select the image you want to crop. The Format tab appears.
- On the Format tab, click the Crop command.
Clicking the Crop command
- Cropping handles will appear around the image. Click, hold, and drag a handle to crop the image.
Cropping an image
- Click the Crop command again. The image will be cropped.
The cropped image
The corner handles are useful for simultaneously cropping the image horizontally and vertically.
To crop an image to a shape:
- Select the image you want to crop, then click the Format tab.
- Click the Crop drop-down arrow. Hover the mouse over Crop to Shape, then select the desired shape from the drop-down menu that appears.
Selecting a shape
- The image will appear formatted as the shape.
The image cropped to a shape
To add a border to a picture:
- Select the picture you want to add a border to, then click the Format tab.
- Click the Picture Border command. A drop-down menu will appear.
- From here, you can select a color, weight (thickness), and whether or not the line is dashed.
Changing the picture border
- The border will appear around the image.