Working with images or pictures is essential for a variety of tasks. You may have to make a school assignment, present an illustrative report to your boss or make a project and a lot of such things. Well, you have a variety of ways to format images in MS Word. Let’s explore the ‘Format’ menu in detail to add attractive, illustrative, and interesting images to a Word document.
In this article, you will learn to crop an image, crop, and image by giving it a specific shape and applying a border to an image in your document. Let’s do it!
Format Image in MS Word-Crop an Image
This is the most common thing you want to do if you need to extract a portion of the image, which is not useful as a whole. Cropping in Word can be done by deleting all the non-essential parts of an image that is already inserted in a Word document. The original image will not be affected by the process of cropping. So here are the steps to crop an image in MS Word.
Select the image you want to crop in your document
If your Word document contains an image that needs cropping then select it first. A selected image will have small boxes on the edges and corners. These are called the ‘Handles’.
Click the ‘Format’ Menu
Observe that the ‘Format’ menu appears only when you have already selected an image to format. Now click this Menu from the Menu bar and you will be ready to crop your image
Click the Crop option and drag crop handles to crop the image
Now you have to click the crop option from the ‘Format’ options presented to you. When you do this you will see Crop handles on all sides and corners of the selected image. Click, Hold and Drag these handles to select the portion of the image you want to keep. After you are done with the cropping, click anywhere in the document to preserve the cropped image
Cropping an Image in a specific shape
If you want to crop your image according to a specific shape, MS Word gives you the option. Follow these steps to do this Format Image in MS word for cropping.
Select the image you want to shape the crop
In your Word document select the image that needs shape cropping. A selected image will show small boxes called handles on the edges and corners of the image.
From the ‘Format’ Menu select the ‘Picture Shape’ option
Click on the ‘Format’ menu and click on the ‘Picture Shape’ Option as visible in the image below
Select the Picture Shape of your Choice
Now select any shape you want to apply to your image. Once you select it you can see that your image will be cropped according to the shape you have selected.
After finishing cropping you can resize this cropped image according to your need by simply holding and dragging the image handles. You can see the change in the size of the image.
Apply Border to an image
In a flow of words in a Word document, a suitable border defines the image and enhances its impact and overall look of your document’s presentation. Here are the steps to format the Image in MS word to add a border.
Select the image you want to apply the border
Select the image in your Word that needs a border.
From the ‘Format’ Menu select the ‘Picture Border’ option
Click on the ‘Format’ menu and click on the ‘Picture Border ‘ option as shown in the image below.
Select Color, Weight, and Dashes
Now you can select the border color and style of the border by choosing the dashes and weight according to your desire as shown in the image below
You can select ‘More lines’ from the ‘Weight’ option to design an image border of your liking from the format picture dialog box that appears now.
There is a score of things that you can do to format Images in MS word. In the next article, we will see such options offered to improve the appearance of your document.