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Change the brightness, contrast, or sharpness of a picture

Change the screen brightness

Do you want to adjust your screen brightness?

  • Windows 10: Select Start, choose Settings, and then select System > Display. Under Brightness and color, move the Change brightness slider to adjust the brightness. For more details, see: Change screen brightness

  • Windows 8: Press Windows key + C. Select Settings, then select Change PC Settings. Select PC and devices > Display. Turn on Adjust my screen brightness automatically. For more details, see: Set brightness and contrast

Read on for information about picture adjustments in Office apps.

You can change the brightness, contrast, or sharpness of a picture by using the Corrections tools.

This video demonstrates several ways to adjust a picture:

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Adjust the brightness, sharpness, or contrast

  1. Click the picture that you want to change the brightness for.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Corrections.

    Corrections button on the Picture Tools tab

    Depending on your screen size, the Corrections button may appear different.

    Corrections button, smaller size Corrections button, smallest size

    If you do not see the Format or Picture Tools tabs, make sure that you have selected a picture. You may have to double-click the picture to select it and open the Format tab.

  3. Do one or more of the following:

    • Under Sharpen/Soften, click the thumbnail that you want. Thumbnails on the left show more softness, and more sharpness on the right.

    • Under Brightness/Contrast, click the thumbnail that you want. Thumbnails on the left show less brightness, and are brighter on the right. Thumbnails on the top show less contrast, and more contrast on the bottom.

      Tip: When you point at an option in the Corrections gallery with your mouse, the picture on your slide changes to give you a preview of the effect of the option you're pointing at.

  4. To fine tune any correction, click Picture Corrections Options, and then move the slider for Sharpness, Brightness, or Contrast, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

    Picture Corrections options in the Format Picture task pane

Note: If you are using PowerPoint, you can still save the original version of the picture, even if you have made corrections. This feature is not available in Word or Excel.

Change the Office color scheme for greater contrast

Is the Office color scheme too bright for you? Do you need more contrast in the Office apps? See Change the Office theme (Office 2016 and 2013).

You can change the brightness, contrast, or sharpness of a picture by using the Corrections tools.

Clockwise from top left: the original picture, and the picture with increased softness, increased contrast, and increased brightness.

Picture with corrections: sharpness, brightness, contrast

Adjust the brightness or contrast of a picture

  1. Click the picture that you want to change the brightness or contrast for.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Corrections.

    Adust group on the Picture Tools Format tab

    If you do not see the Format or Picture Tools tabs, make sure that you have selected a picture. You may have to double-click the picture to select it and open the Format tab.

  3. Under Brightness and Contrast, click the thumbnail that you want.

    Tip: When you point your mouse at a thumbnail image in the gallery, the picture on your slide changes to give you a preview of the effect of the option you're pointing at.

  4. To fine-tune the amount of brightness or contrast, click Picture Corrections Options, and then under Brightness and Contrast, move the Brightness slider or the Contrast slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

Tip: If you are using PowerPoint, you can still save the original version of the picture, even though you have changed the brightness of your picture. This feature is not available in Word or Excel.

Adjust the sharpness of a picture

  1. Click the picture that you want to change the sharpness for.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Corrections.

    Adust group on the Picture Tools Format tab

    If you do not see the Format or Picture Tools tabs, make sure that you have selected a picture. You may have to double-click the picture to select it and open the Format tab.

  3. Under Sharpen and Soften, click the thumbnail that you want.

    Tip: When you point your mouse at a thumbnail image in the gallery, the picture on your slide changes to give you a preview of the effect of the option you're pointing at.

  4. To fine-tune the amount of sharpness or blurriness, click Picture Corrections Options, and then under Sharpen and Soften, move the Sharpen and Soften slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

Change the Office color scheme for greater contrast

Is the Office color scheme too bright for you? Do you need more contrast in the Office apps? See Change the Office 2010 color scheme.

You can change the brightness or contrast of a picture.

Adjust the brightness of a picture

  1. Click the picture that you want to change the brightness for.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Brightness.

    On the Picture Tools Format tab, in the Adjust group, select Brightness

  3. Click the brightness percentage that you want.

    To-fine tune the amount of brightness, click Picture Corrections Options, and then move the Brightness slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

    To-fine tune the amount of brightness, select Picture Corrections Options

Adjust the contrast of a picture

  1. Click the picture that you want to change the contrast for.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Contrast.

    On the Picture Tools Format tab, in the Adjust group, select Contrast

  3. Click the contrast percentage that you want.

    To fine-tune the amount of contrast, click Picture Corrections Options, and then move the Contrast slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider.

    To-fine tune the amount of contrast, select Picture Corrections Options

These picture features aren't available in Office Online.

See also

Make a picture transparent

Change the color of a picture

Apply an artistic effect to a picture

Edit pictures with the Photos app in Windows 10

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