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

You can easily resize pictures, text boxes, shapes, and WordArt in your file. You can also crop pictures or return them to their original size.

What do you want to do?

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.

Before and after examples of resizing

Resize manually

  1. Click the picture, shape, text box, or WordArt that 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 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.

  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.

      The Size group on the Format tab under Picture Tools

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

    • 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.

      The Size group on the Format tab under Drawing Tools

      Note   If you do not see the Drawing Tools and Format tabs, make sure that you selected a picture, shape, text box, or WordArt. You might have to double-click the picture to open the Format tab.

  3. In the Size group, click the Size and Position dialog box launcher Icon image.

  4. On the Size tab, under Size and rotate, 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.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To resize a picture, under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the Size and Position dialog box launcher Icon image.

      The Size group on the Format tab under Picture Tools

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

    • To resize a shape, text box, or WordArt, under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the Size and Position dialog box launcher Icon image.

      The Size group on the Format tab under Drawing Tools

      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.

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

    The Size group on the Format tab under Picture Tools

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

  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 Size and Position dialog box launcher Icon image.

        2. In the Format Picture dialog box, on the Crop tab, under Crop position, enter the size numbers that you want in the Left, Width, Top, and Height 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.

      • To undo a crop before you save your document, click Reset Picture in the Adjust group.

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

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Return a picture to its original size

Warning   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.

  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, click the Size and Position dialog box launcher Icon image.

    The Size group on the Format tab under Picture Tools

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

  3. In the Format Picture dialog box, click the Size tab, under Original size, 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: Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010



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