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How to Crop an Image in Microsoft Word

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If you want to remove unnecessary pixels from an image, you can do this directly in Microsoft Word using the program’s built-in programming tool. With this tool, you can crop an image to fit into a specific shape. In this guide, we will show you how to crop a picture in Microsoft Word.

How to Crop an Image in Microsoft Word

To crop an image in Microsoft Word, follow the steps listed below.

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First off, launch Microsoft Word and open the Word document.

Next, click “Insert” in the menu at the top of the screen and then select “Pictures” from the drop-down menu.

Now, proceed to select the photo you want to add and then click “Insert” to add it.

Selected Image In Word
Selected Image In Word

Now, go to the “Picture Format” tab. The tab appears at the top of the window once you select the image. From the tab, select the “Size” group and then select the “Crop” button.

Crop Option In Size Group
Crop Option In Size Group

A drop-down menu will appear on the screen. Select the “Crop” option.

Crop In Dropdown Menu
Crop In Dropdown Menu

Now, you should notice cropping handles around the frame of the image you selected. To crop out a part of the picture, simply click and drag the cropping handles and adjust their position to remove the part you want to be cropped out.

Gif Of Cropping An Image In Word
Gif Of Cropping An Image In Word

After you have adjusted the frame to your preference, go to the Picture Format tab, select tab and then click the icon in the top half of the “Crop” option.

Crop Icon In Words Ribbon
Crop Icon In Words Ribbon

All the parts you cropped out will be removed.

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Selected Image In Word (1)
Selected Image In Word

How to Crop a Picture Into a Shape in Microsoft Word

If you want to crop a photo but instead of the regular rectangular shape, you want to crop it into a shape, you can do this by following the steps listed below.

First off, launch the Microsoft Word application and open a document.

Insert an image into the document by using the steps above.

Selected Image In Word (1)
Selected Image In Word

Now, go to the Picture Format tab which appears after you select the image.

Go to the Size group and then click the Crop button. From the drop-down that appears on the screen, click the “Crop To Shape” option.

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Crop To Shape Option
Crop To Shape Option

Now, you should see a submenu containing a large library of shapes on the screen. Click the shape you want the image to be cropped to to select it. In this guide, we use use teardrop shape for an example.

Teardrop Shape
Teardrop Shape

That’s all. Your image will now be cropped into the shape you selected.

Cropped Image As A Shape
Cropped Image As A Shape

If you have any editing tricks you would like us to explain, feel free to drop them in the comments below.