How to Crop an Image in Word

Instasize Team
July 2, 2024

How to Crop an Image in Word

So, you want to crop an image in Word? No problem. I've got you covered.

Why Crop an Image?

Before we get into the 'how', let’s talk about the 'why'. Cropping can help you:

  • Focus on a specific part of an image
  • Remove unwanted areas
  • Improve the composition

Step-by-Step: Cropping an Image in Word

Here's the easiest way to crop an image in Word, step by step:

  1. Insert Your Image

    • Open your Word document.
    • Go to the Insert tab.
    • Click on Pictures and select your image from your files.
  2. Select the Image

    • Click on the image you’ve inserted.
    • You’ll see a new Format tab appears in the Ribbon at the top.
  3. Click on Crop

    • In the Format tab, find the Crop button in the Size group.
    • Click on it, and crop handles will appear on the edges of the image.
  4. Adjust the Crop Handles

    • Drag these crop handles to select the area you want to keep.
    • Release the mouse button when you're satisfied.
  5. Apply the Crop

    • Click outside the image or press Enter to apply the crop.

Using Advanced Cropping Tools

Word also has some advanced cropping tools. Here’s how to access them:

  1. Crop to a Shape

    • Go to Format > Crop > Crop to Shape.
    • Select the shape you want to crop your image into.
  2. Aspect Ratio Cropping

    • Go to Format > Crop > Aspect Ratio.
    • Choose one of the aspect ratios to maintain consistency.

Why Use Instasize for Cropping?

If you find Word’s cropping tools a bit limited, give Instasize a shot.

  • Image Resizing: Quickly resize your images.
  • Image Cropping: Precise cropping tools at your fingertips.
  • Magic Fill: Expand your images seamlessly where needed.
  • Cloud Storage: Access your images anytime, anywhere.

With Instasize, you get more control and added features that Word just can’t provide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I undo a crop in Word? Yes, select the image and click on the Crop button again. Adjust the handles or click Reset Picture in the Format tab.

Can I crop multiple images at once in Word? Unfortunately, you can only crop one image at a time.

Does cropping an image in Word reduce its file size? No, cropping in Word doesn't reduce the file size. For that, you would need specialized software like Instasize.

What's the difference between cropping and resizing an image? Cropping cuts parts of an image, while resizing changes its dimensions.

There you go! Now you know how to crop an image in Word and why Instasize can be a great alternative. Happy editing!