#245 Resizing & Cropping Images

Resizing & Cropping Images

There are two ways that you can change the size of an image — resizing and cropping.

Resizing changes the dimensions of the picture by stretching or shrinking it.

Cropping reduces the size of the picture by removing the 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.

If you’re sure you won’t need to undo your changes after you crop the picture, use the Compress Pictures feature to delete the cropped parts of the picture from the file completely. This helps shrink the file size of your documents.

Cropping Images

PowerPoint is probably where you’re most likely to crop images, but you can also do this in Word and Excel if you need to.

1. Select the picture you want to crop.

2. On the Picture toolbar, click the Crop button .

NOTE If the Picture toolbar is missing, click Toolbars under the View menu,
and then click Picture.

3. Position the cropping tool over a cropping handle and then do one of the following:

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

» To crop equally on two sides at once, hold down CTRL as you drag the center handle on either side inward.

» To crop equally on all four sides at once, hold down CTRL as you drag a corner handle inward.

4. On the Picture toolbar, click the Crop button again to turn cropping off.

Here’s how to crop an image in Office 2010

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