Change the size of a picture, shape, WordArt, or other object in Word for Mac

If you want to stretch, shrink, or change a single dimension of a picture or shape, use the sizing handles. Or, for more precise control, use the options available on the Picture Format and Shape Format tabs. You can also remove unwanted portions of a picture by cropping it.

Quickly resize a picture, shape, WordArt, or other object

  1. Click the picture, shape, or WordArt you want to resize.

  2. To increase or decrease the size in one or more directions, drag a sizing handle away from or toward the center, while doing one of the following:

    • To keep the object's center in the same place, press and hold the OPTION key while you drag the sizing handle.

    • To maintain an object's proportions while resizing it, press and hold the SHIFT key while you drag a corner sizing handle.

Resize to an exact height and width

  1. Click the picture, shape, or WordArt you want to precisely resize.

  2. On the Picture Format or Shape Format tab, make sure the Lock aspect ratio check box is cleared.

    A cleared Lock Aspect Ratio box is highlighted

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To resize a picture, on the Picture Format tab, enter the measurements you want in the Height and Width boxes.

      Picture Format tab with Height and Width boxes highlighted.

    • To resize a shape or WordArt, on the Shape Format tab, enter the measurements you want in the Height and Width boxes.

      On the Shape Format tab, the Height and Width boxes are highlighted.

Resize to an exact proportion using percentages

  1. Click the picture, shape, or WordArt you want to resize.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To resize a picture, on the Picture Format tab, click Position > More Layout Options.

      On the Picture Format tab, Position and More Layout Options are highlighted.

    • To resize a shape or WordArt, on the Shape Format tab, click Position > More Layout Options.

  3. Click the Size tab, and under Scale, make sure the Lock aspect ratio check box is clear.

    Enter percentages you want for Height and Width.

    On the Size tab in the Advanced Layout box, the Scale options are highlighted.

  4. Click OK when finished.

Tip: To apply the same height and width to different objects, select all objects you want to have the same dimensions, and then enter the dimensions in the Height and Width boxes. To select multiple objects, click the first object, and then press and hold SHIFT while you click the other objects.

See also

Crop a picture

Align objects

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object

Group or ungroup objects

Quickly resize an object

  1. Click the object that you want to resize.

  2. Drag a sizing handle until the object is the size that you want.

    Tips: 

    • To maintain an object's proportions while resizing it, hold down SHIFT , and then drag a corner sizing handle.

    • To keep the object's center in the same location, hold down OPTION while you drag the sizing handle.

    • To keep the object's center in the same location and maintain its proportions while resizing it, hold down SHIFT + OPTION while you drag the sizing handle.

Resize to an exact height and width

  1. Click the object that you want to resize, and then depending on the type of object that you clicked, click the Format tab or the Format Picture tab.

  2. Under Size, enter the Height and Width.

    Size group

  3. If you want to maintain the proportions as you resize the object, select the check box.

Resize to an exact proportion using percentages

  1. Click the object that you want to resize.

  2. On the Format menu, click the menu command for the type of object that you selected, such as Shape or Picture.

    Format menu Picture command

  3. In the left pane, click Size.

  4. Under Scale, in the Height and Width boxes, type the percentages that you want.

See also

Align objects

Crop a picture

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object

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