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PowerPoint or Word 2013: Crop or Fit Images into Shapes

When you edit a document, there may be times that you want to show only a small portion of an image or fit an image into a shape to suit the overall theme of the document. These tasks can be done inside your Office programs, without using any third-party software. Continue reading to find out how.

1. Launch Powerpoint or Word, and open the document in which you want to crop an image.

2. If you have not inserted the image, go to the Insert tab, click the Pictures option, and point to the desired image.

powerpoint word 2013 insert picture

3. Once the picture is inserted, click on it to highlight, and go to the Format tab at the rightmost side of the ribbon. This tab changes its content based on the selected object and only appears when an object is selected.

word powerpoint 2013 format tab

4. In the Format tab, click on the small arrow under the Crop option, and choose the desired action.

word powerpoint 2013 crop picture to shape

5. If you choose the Crop action, the selected object will be surrounded by a number of black bounding boxes. Use your mouse to move them to crop the picture. The gray area will be cropped. Please note that the cropped area is not actually deleted. It is just hidden from the user. You can later show the hidden area by moving all the bounding boxes to the edge of the picture.

cropped picture in word powerpoint 2013

6. If you choose the Crop to Shape action, choose the desired shape in the submenu, and your picture will be cropped to fit that shape. You will have no trouble finding the shape you want if you have used the Insert -> Shapes feature in the past because the two shapes listed are actually one.

Depending on which shape you choose, some areas of the image will be left out. There are many shapes in the list that are not suitable for an image frame, so choose wisely. Here is an example of our final product.

cropped picture to shape word powerpoint


Lê Hoàng
Lê Hoàng
When not creating exciting new Android games, Lê Hoàng is here crafting tutorials, tweaks, and fixes for your enjoyment.


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