Resize a picture, shape, text box, or other object

After selecting an object, maybe a picture or a text box, you have a number of options for resizing the object.

Resize by dragging:

  • Select the object, move the mouse pointer over one of the handles and then click and drag the mouse.

Dragging while keeping the center in the same place:

  1. Select the object.

  2. Hold down CTRL.

  3. Move the mouse pointer over one of the handles and then click and drag the mouse.

  4. Release the mouse button before you release CTRL.

Dragging while maintaining the object's proportions:

  1. Select the object.

  2. Hold down SHIFT.

  3. Move the mouse pointer over one of the corner handles and then click and drag the mouse.

  4. Release the mouse button before you release SHIFT.

Dragging while maintaining the proportions and keeping the center in the same place:

  1. Hold down CTRL+SHIFT

  2. Move the mouse pointer over one of the handles and then click and drag the mouse.

  3. Release the mouse before you release CTRL+SHIFT.

Note: You can override the settings to snap to ruler marks, guides, and objects by holding down ALT while you drag the mouse.

Manually setting the object to a specific height and width:

  1. Right-click the object:

  2. On the shortcut menu, click Format<object type>.

  3. In the dialog box, click the Size tab.

  4. Under Size and rotate, enter measurements for the height and width of the object.

Manually setting the object to a specific proportion:

  1. Right-click the object.

  2. On the shortcut menu, click Format<object type>.

  3. In the dialog box, click the Size tab.

  4. Under Scale, enter the percentage of the original height or width you want the object resized to.

    Note:  To change the proportions but keep the original aspect ratio, select the Lock aspect ratio check box. When this box is selected any change you make to the height will cause the width to change, and vice-versa, to maintain the aspect ratio.

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