Windows 8: How to Crop or Rotate Images

   Posted December 2, 2012 by Lê Hoàng in Windows 8

The Photos app that comes with Windows 8 is not only a hub for viewing photos from many sources like Facebook, Flickr or Skydrive, but it is also a useful tool for quickly rotating or cropping images.

1. Go to the Start screen, and open the Photos app. If the app is not pinned to the Start screen, you can find it in the All Apps section.

Accessing the Photos App

2. Choose the photo group that contains the picture you want to edit.

Choosing the photo collection

3. Find the picture you want from the collection.

Choose the photo to edit

4. Once the picture is loaded in full view, right-click your mouse on it, and choose either Rotate or Crop. If you choose Rotate, the picture will be rotated in a clockwise direction. You may have to rotate more than one time to get the result you want.

Rotate or Crop option

5. If you choose the Crop option, you may want to look at the Aspect ratio setting as the Photo app provides the following predefined options for you: original, square, widescreen, 4 x 3, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10. If you want to use the photo for the lock screen, app tile, or app background, there are also options for that.

Available aspect ratio to crop the image

6. Use your mouse or keyboard to move the rectangle to the desired area. Everything that is outside of the rectangle will be cut.

Decide the crop area

7. When you are done, hit Save copy.

Save the cropped version of the original image

8. The cropped picture will be found in the picture library.


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  • Steve

    I don’t know what app you’re using, but the standard Photos app does NOT have the option to resize or rotate.

    • alexis

      So what do I do?

    • Neil

      > I figured out how to rotate a picture in Windows 8. Open your files folder. Choose the picture you want to rotate, hover over it with your mouse and right click your mouse. Choose ‘open using paint’. When you open the picture in Paint, you can rotate and save the picture. Hope this helps. It worked for me.

      • liz

        > Thanks very much, opening with paint worked!

    • Tim

      I am so sick of Windows 8! At least Vista was so easy to crop photos. Organizing photos is such a PAIN on Windows 8. Mine does not have the option to resize or rotate. I hate Windows 8 with a passion and will change the OS ASAP or buy an Apple computer!!!

      • Karla

        I so agree!!! I love photos and taking pictures and whenever I try to use Windows 8, I want to throw my computer out the window. This program is CRAP! I can’t wait to get a different computer and operating system. I’m with you…Apple!

  • alexis

    how the heck do you move pictures into their own folder etc.???? How will I move all the pic already uploaded into the folders in windows 8 into an app that will allow me to edit my photos? crop/rotate etc.

    • mudd

      > Windows 8 sucks. Big time. I have tried hovering, right clicking, left clicking, nothing. There two options, open and delete. I have tried to delete Windows 8 but it wont come off…. I hate this…

      • Lê Hoàng

        > please make sure you have the latest version installed. You can update the app from the Store.

        • bill m

          do you have to be high for this windows 8 sh– to work ? sorry I don’t do drugs!!!!!

  • Lori

    I am trying to crop a picture from my lap top using Windows 8 and not working. I have right mouse click and all I get is delete and set as. Right clicking isn’t working.

    • Julia

      > Yep, same problem. Cant crop photos in windows 8. Driving me a little loopy. How can something so simple have been removed! I hate technology. I need a 13 year old to come and show me how to use my new laptop. HAS ANYONE GOT IT YET????? I guess if you know how to crop then you will not be looking at something called “How do I crop in windows 8” so i guess we are all stuffed

  • JG

    This is infuriating! I could do this two days ago when my laptop broke, and now on the identical replacement the options are all gone! What the hell is wrong with this? I’ve look in the store, but I can’t see how I’m supposed to update anything from there, and I’m not opening paint every time I want to crop a picture (which also doesn’t work) when photos can do it perfectly well.

    Any help appreciated.

    • Claire

      > Hi there JG, I have the exact same problem and it is driving me nuts! My parent’s have Windows 8 and get the option to crop or rotate, I only get the same as you – just Delete and Set as. If you have since found the answer to this could you let me know, to save me going completely mad!! Thanks, Claire

      • Destinyink


        The default app used by windows 8 to view pictures is not the best that you have on your computer. Go to all apps and search for photo gallery. You have the full range of editing (rotation, cropping, filters etc). Have fun rotating them pics 😀

        • NYBeahGirl

          I searched for photo gallery in the app store and still can’t find it. No idea how to crop a picture. So frustrating.

          • Cynthia Thomason

            > After 9 months of Windows 8 BS, I going to use Picassa or another photo editing option because I still can’t do effin s… with my photos.

  • valber

    am using a laptop no mouse i can not crop my picture pls. show how cropping is done in laptop

  • Cyndi

    I can not find any way to crop my pictures. I’m new to windows 8, but so far it suxs bad!!! Can anyone help me on cropping and also can anyone tell me how to print more than one picture on a normal sheet of paper, I can change the sizes if picture, but no matter how small I make them it’ll only put one per page. Please help!!!

  • Whitney

    Windows 8 blows it shouldn’t be this hard to crop a damn picture

  • monique

    why doesnt the frigging crop option come up when i right frigging click on the photo nothing works on stupid windows 8

  • DJ

    hi there. i played with my fav pic (original) tried to crop it. and when i hit the save i lost the original file and replaced it with the cropped one. how can i recover the original file. is there any chance to get it back? please help. i want the original picture back…

  • Kay

    I will try to hovering, right clicking, and everything suggested. I have to wonder if Microsoft actually had focus groups with the normal user of a computer. My guess would be NO! I thank God that I didn’t have it installed on my netbook which has Windows 7. It is the only way we get anything done. Anyone else have problems with saving a simple photo and then not being able to find it?!?!?!
    While Microsoft is apparently working on updates to improve things, the paper said today that those changes wouldn’t be ready until FALL – are they kidding? I share everyone’s pain and frustration.

  • k Hansen

    open up your desktop. Click on the first file on the toolbar it should open up a page that has documents, library, and pictures. Double click on pictures and all your pictures you have down loaded should be there. Open the file you would like to rotate, right click on the file you would like to rotate scroll down and hit the sentence that says rotate right/left. I hope this helps some one.

  • Nikki

    I figured out how to crop. On the start menu, go to the store app(green with shopping bag in center). In upper right hand corner it will say “Updates”, with a number(the number being the amount of updates available). click on this and it will show you all updates. You can select all or which ever ones you want. click to update. After doing this and then going into my photos app, I right clicked on a photo and it did give me the rotate and crop options.

  • Jessica

    You guys, all you have to do is go to your pictures folder on Windows Explorer, right click a photo and choose the rotate option.

  • Patricia

    No such program. I get the option to “delete” or “set as”. I have learned to hate Windows 8. NO way to properly crop a picture just one of the main dislikes.

  • Patricia

    No such options no way to crop

  • Mary

    I was able to rotate a picture by going into the File Explorer Folder on the Desktop. Click on Pictures, pick the folder and find the picture you want to rotate. Left click on the mouse to chose the picture and go to edit. You get the choice of rotating left or right.

  • Immiedy

    I have figured out how to rotate photos on Windows 8. If you go to the desktop, open up pictures so you just see the thumbnails. Pres ctrl and click on the thumbnails which need rotating. Right click and it gives you the option of rotating all of your pictures at once.

    Alternatively, if you right click on a thumbnail, go to ‘Open With’ and click ‘Windows Photo Viewer’ it brings up the old version of windows photos, which allows you to rotate as you go.

    Once rotated, they are then rotated in Windows 8 app too.

    Hope this helps!

  • R Ben Madison

    Sometimes the “crop” option doesn’t appear at all! You can rotate the picture, but you can’t crop it. I have no idea what the variables are, I just know that in Win 8 Photo sometimes you can’t crop.

  • Lorine

    HELP! After I get my photo full screen and right click, there are no words, Crop or Rotate. So what’s the problem?

    • Mark

      > I had a problem with editing the photos and could not rotate a picture even when I had the option to rotate it from windows 8. I’ve been looking in all properties and found the solution. Right click on the folder where you keep your pictures–>properties–>security–>click edit–>users (user name)–>tick allow full control and apply changes
      Helped me so hopefully will help to someone else.

  • Eddie

    This POS windows 8 is the DUMBEST thing I ever used. you cant rotate, crop or do anything that th above mentions. there is NONE of those options on the picture app. WTF is wrong with MS? every single previous Windows had simply 2 arrows where you can click and the picture rotates left or right. Why change it? and change it where that function is gone? THAT IS JUST PLAIN STUPID!!!! I EFFING HATE WINDOWS!!!!! FUCK YOU WINDOWS!! now I have to use my Apple iPad to rotate the pics and r-load them back into my new computer. my new computer has Windows 8 and now I don’t know what to do with it after spending $1500 for a new AIO computer.

  • alex

    Hi guys,
    U have to have both rotate and crop options then here is wht you have to do:
    1. Go in Start -> Open Store
    2. In the right corner there will be Updates
    3. Install the updates.
    4. Put the picture in folder: Pictures.
    5. Open with Photos and here u are.

    If you dont place the picture in the folder Pictures then only rotate will work.


  • Penny White

    I am heartbroken, I have just come back from berlin with photos to post but due to this dreadful Windows 8 programme I cannot do anything with them, cannot edit, crop or anything. I hate to sound like an old person who can’t cope with new technology, but this Windows 8 is complete crap and I so regret changing my laptop. All my old photos in my Archives, what on earth am I going to do with them? Do these articles get forwarded to Microsoft? What can I do to make this work???????????

  • Terry Mullins

    Windows 8 is pathetic. User friendly is a foreign term.

  • John Rich

    How do you rotate a photo in increments less than 90-degrees?
    Open Photo Gallery
    Click “Fine Tune”
    Use “Straighten”
    Slide the bar left or right to manually rotate the photo to the desired degree.

  • Linda

    But what if I want to crop different dimensions than the set ones?