Resize or crop graphics

You can resize an entire drawing, resize individual shapes and pictures, and crop (crop: To trim vertical or horizontal edges of an object. Pictures are often cropped to focus attention on a particular area.) a picture.

Do one of the following:

ShowResize a drawing

  1. Select the drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.).
  2. On the Drawing Canvas toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), do one of the following:

ShowResize a picture or shape

  1. Position the mouse pointer over one of the sizing handles (sizing handle: One of the small circles or squares that appears at the corners and sides of a selected object. You drag these handles to change the size of the object.).
  2. Drag the sizing handle until the object is the shape and size you want.

To increase or decrease the size in one or more directions, drag the mouse away from or toward the center, while doing one of the following:

  • To keep the center of an object in the same place, hold down CTRL while dragging the mouse.
  • To maintain the object's proportions, drag one of the corner sizing handles.
  • To maintain the proportions while keeping the center in the same place, hold down CTRL while dragging one of the corner sizing handles.

ShowCrop a picture

You can crop (crop: To trim vertical or horizontal edges of an object. Pictures are often cropped to focus attention on a particular area.) any picture except an animated GIF (animated GIF: A file that contains a series of Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images that are displayed in rapid sequence by some Web browsers to produce an animated effect.) picture by using the Crop command. To crop an animated GIF, trim the picture in an animated GIF editing program, and then insert the picture again.

  1. Select the picture you want to crop.
  2. On the Picture toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Crop Button image.
  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 Crop Button image to turn off the Crop command.

 Note   You can undo a crop at anytime before saving the picture.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003