Change the size of a picture or other object in Office 2007

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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.

    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.

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.

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.

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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