Change the size of a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt

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Resize a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt

Crop a picture

Return a picture to its original size

Save the original version of an edited picture

Resize a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt

Resizing stretches or shrinks the dimensions of an object.

Important   If you are unable to resize a WordArt text box using this procedure, see Resize WordArt text.

Before and after examples of resizing

Resize manually

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

    Note   If you have trouble selecting the object because it is behind another object or objects, click the top object, and then press TAB until your object is selected.

  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 center of an object in the same place, press and hold CTRL while you drag the sizing handle.

    • To maintain the object's proportions, press and hold SHIFT while you drag the sizing handle.

    • To both maintain the object's proportions and keep its center in the same place, press and hold both CTRL and SHIFT while you drag the sizing handle.

Resize to an exact height and width

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

    Note   If you have trouble selecting the object because it is behind another object or objects, click the top object, and then press TAB until your object is selected.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To resize a picture, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, enter the measurements that you want into the Height and Width boxes.

      Picture Tools tab

      Note   If you do not see the Picture Tools and Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt.

    • To resize a shape, text box, or WordArt; under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, enter the measurements that you want into the Height and Width boxes.

      Drawing Tools Format tab image

      Note   If you do not see the Drawing Tools and Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt.

  3. In the Size group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Icon image.

  4. On the Size tab, under Scale, clear the Lock aspect ratio check box.

Resize to an exact proportion

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

    Note   If you have trouble selecting the object because it is behind another object or objects, click the top object, and then press TAB until your object is selected.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To resize a picture, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Icon image.

      Picture Tools tab

      Note   If you do not see the Picture Tools and Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt.

    • To resize a shape, text box, or WordArt, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Icon image.

      Drawing Tools Format tab image

      Note   If you do not see the Drawing Tools and Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt.

  3. On the Size tab, under Scale, enter the percentages of the current height and width that you want to resize to, in the Height and Width boxes.

  4. Clear the Lock aspect ratio check box.

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

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Crop a picture

Cropping reduces the size of a picture by removing vertical or horizontal edges. Cropping is often used to hide or trim a part of a picture, either for emphasis or to remove unwanted portions.

Before and after example of cropping

You can always restore a resized or a cropped picture to its original appearance. You can also outcrop a picture, which adds a margin.

You can crop any picture, except an animated GIF picture, by using the Crop feature. To crop an animated GIF, trim the picture in an animated-GIF editing program, and then insert the picture again.

  1. Select the picture that you want to crop.

    Note   If you have trouble selecting the object because it is behind another object or objects, click the top object, and then press TAB until your object is selected.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click Crop.

    Picture Tools tab

    Note   If you do not see the Picture Tools and Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To crop one side, drag the center cropping handle on that side inward.

    • To crop equally on two sides at once, press and hold CTRL while you drag the center cropping handle on either side inward.

    • To crop equally on all four sides at once, press and hold CTRL while you drag a corner cropping handle inward.

      Picture with cropping handles

      1. One of the six cropping handles

      Notes   

      • To crop your picture to exact dimensions, do the following:

        1. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Icon image.

        2. On the Size tab, under Crop from, enter the size numbers that you want in the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom boxes.

      • To reduce the file size of your picture and delete the cropped parts of the picture from the file, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Compress Pictures. If you want to keep the cropped parts, you can change the automatic setting.

      • To undo a crop before you save your document, click Reset Picture in the Adjust group or Undo Button image on the Quick Access Toolbar.

      • To outcrop (or add a margin around a picture) drag the cropping handles away from the center of the picture.

      • You can only crop pictures horizontally and vertically in Microsoft Office 2007. Other graphics programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, may offer more advanced cropping options. For example, you may want to isolate a person from the background of an image. You must make these changes before you import the image.

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Return a picture to its original size

Note   You cannot return a picture to its original size if you previously cropped and saved it, or if you selected the following options from the Compression Settings dialog box (to open the Compression Settings dialog box, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Compress Pictures, and then click Options): the Delete cropped areas of pictures check box, and either Print (220 ppi): excellent quality on most printers and screens or Screen (150 ppi): good for Web pages and projectors.

  1. Select the picture that you want to return to its original size.

    Note   If you have trouble selecting the object because it is behind another object or objects, click the top object, and then press TAB until your object is selected.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Icon image.

    Picture Tools tab

    Note   If you do not see the Picture Tools and Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture.

  3. Click the Size tab, clear the Lock aspect ratio check box, and then click Reset.

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Save the original version of an edited picture

When you modify an image with the Graphics Interchange Format (.gif), Joint Photographic Experts Group File Interchange Format (.jpg), or Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file format, you can save the original version of the edited picture.

  1. Right-click the edited picture, and then click Save as Picture on the shortcut menu.

  2. In the Save As Picture dialog box, click the arrow next to Save, and then click Save Original Picture.

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Applies To: Outlook 2007, Excel 2007, Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007



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