Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Resizing, rotating, and cropping a picture
Use the rotate handle with the circular arrow icon above the top center resizing handle
(refer to Figure 9.42) to rotate a picture. Select the picture and drag the handle in the
direction in which you want to rotate the picture. You also can rotate a selected picture
using arrow key shortcuts. Pressing Alt+left or right arrow rotates the picture. If you add
Ctrl key and press Ctrl+Alt+left arrow or Ctrl+Alt+right arrow, the rotation happens in
If you click the Position tab of the Layout dialog box, additional options of interest include
Move object with text: Associates a picture or graphic with a particular paragraph
so that the paragraph and the picture will always appear on the same page. This
setting affects only vertical position on the page. Although Word will allow you to
check this option and Lock anchor at the same time, once you click OK the Move
object with text option is cleared.
Lock anchor: This setting locks the picture’s current position on the page. If you
have trouble dragging a picture, verify that it is set to one of the ﬂ oating
wrapping options (anything but In line with text), and that Lock anchor is turned off.
Pictures that have been positioned with any of the nine Position gallery presets
will also resist dragging.
Allow overlap: Use this setting to allow graphical objects to cover each other up.
One use for this is to create a stack of photographs or other objects. This feature is
also needed for layered drawings.
Layout in table cell: This setting enables you to use tables for positioning graphics
on the page.
To crop a picture, click the Crop button in the Size group in the Picture Tools ➪ Format tab.
Cropping handles appear on the selected picture. Move the pointer over any of the eight
cropping handles, and when it changes shape to match the handle, drag to remove the part
of the picture you want to hide. Click outside the picture to ﬁ nish applying the crop. Note
that pressing the Alt key while dragging slowly crops in discrete steps.
Clicking the down arrow on the bottom of the Crop button reveals other options for
customized cropping. You can click Crop to Shape and then click one of the shapes in the
gallery that appears to crop the picture to ﬁ t within the speciﬁ ed shape, as in the star
example in Figure 9.45. Use the Aspect Ratio option to crop the image to standard
proportions, such as 1:1 to square the image or 3:5 for a portrait (tall) image. Cropping all the
images in a document to the same aspect ratio can lend a more consistent appearance. You
can also use the Fill and Fit commands to resize the image within the current picture area.
Fill generally snaps the picture back to its original aspect ratio, which may undo the crop
depending on how it was applied, and Fit shrinks the picture so previously cropped areas
redisplay at a smaller size within the picture area.