Change the opacity of a picture in Office 365

Office 365 lets you adjust the opacity of a picture.

This is a subscriber-only feature This feature is available to Office 365 Subscribers only.

  1. Insert a picture in your document.

  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, select Transparency.

    The Transparency menu includes seven levels of opacity to choose from, plus a button that lets you choose a custom level of opacity.

    The menu shows thumbnail-sized versions of seven preset transparency options for your picture (0%, 15%, 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% or 95%).

  3. Select a preset option. The picture in the document immediately changes according to your selection.

  4. Alternately, you can choose Picture Transparency Options to customize the transparency level.

    Picture Transparency Options let you choose a custom level of opacity for a picture

    The Format Picture pane opens, and you can drag the Transparency slider rightward to decrease the opacity of the picture.

    Drag the Transparency slider rightward to adjust the degree of opacity for the picture

Requirements

Task, checklist, planning symbol

Applies to

Change the opacity of a picture

PowerPoint for Office 365, Word for Office 365, Excel for Office 365 
 Monthly Channel: Version 1810 or later
 Semi-annual Channels: Version 1902 or later
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An alternative if you don't have this feature 

While earlier versions of Office for Windows don't have this Transparency feature, there is a workaround for picture transparency described in Make a picture transparent.

  1. Select the picture for which you want to change the transparency.

  2. Select the Picture Format tab, and then select Transparency The Transparency button on the Picture Format tab of the ribbon .

    A gallery of preset transparency options for the picture appears.

    Preset picture transparency options

  3. Select one of the preset options, or select Picture Transparency Options at the bottom for more detailed choices.

    The Format Picture pane opens on the right side.

  4. Under Picture Transparency, drag the transparency slider rightward to set the exact percentage of transparency you want, or set a percentage value in the box.

    The Transparency slider bar in the Format Picture pane

    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0 (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

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