Crop a Picture: MS PowerPoint

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Sometimes you insert a picture into your slide and you decide you don't need all of it. Hmmm... what to do?

After you select a picture you can cut or crop the edit the edges off of pictures using either of the two procedures below:

  1. Click the Crop button on the picture toolbar. The mouse pointer changes to indicate cropping.
  2. Position the cropping pointer over one of the sizing handles.
  3. Press and hold the left mouse button and drag inward. The pointer changes again.

To use the menus, follow these steps:

  • Access the Format Picture dialog box and click the Picture tab. The Crop from area shows the picture's current dimensions relative to an untrimmed picture. If you see zeros in each category, that means that the picture has not been cropped.
  • Click the spin box arrows up or down, or click in the box that controls the side that you want to crop from and enter a number to designate an amount to crop.

The image is smaller and, depending on what you trimmed off, may look very different from your original picture. If you want to return to the original picture, click the Reset Picture button on the Picture toolbar. If you only want to return the edges, not reverse all of the changes that you have made, simply click the Undo button.

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