Working with Pictures

Working with pictures in Word documents can illustrate important information. Learn all about using this feature in this free lesson.

Changing the appearance of your pictures

Sometimes you may need to not only adjust the sizing of your pictures, but you may notice that the picture is too dark or too bright for your liking. You can adjust your picture using the Picture toolbar.

To use the Picture toolbar:

  • Right-click the picture.
  • Choose Show Picture Toolbar from the shortcut menu.

CompleteCrop, Recolor Object, and Set Transparent Color buttons are used with areas of the picture. All other buttons affect the entire picture.

Picture Toolbar

Name of button:

Use it to:

Insert picture from file.Insert Picture from FileInsert another picture
Image ColorColorAutomatic, grayscale, black and white, or watermark
More ContrastMore ContrastIncrease color intensity
Less contrastLess ContrastDecrease color intensity
More brightnessMore BrightnessAdd white to lighten all colors
Less brightnessLess BrightnessAdd black to darken the color
CropCropCut the sides of an image
CropRotate LeftTurns the image by 90 degrees to the left with each click
Line style Line StyleCustomize the border of an image
Compress Pictures Compress PicturesChange the resolution of your image
Text wrap. Text WrapSet how text wraps around the image
Format Picture Format PictureDisplay the Format Picture dialog box
Set transparant color. Set Transparant ColorUse eyedropper to make areas of the picture transparent (mainly for web graphics)
Reset picture. Reset PictureReturn picture to its original format