How to Edit Pictures in Word 2007

With Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can create documents that contain pictures as well as text. After adding a photo, you can further customize your document by modifying various picture settings. You can compress a photo to reduce your document's file size, change the photo's pixel size in the document, crop the photo or change its resolution.

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Open the Word document that contains your picture.

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Click the picture you plan to edit. This adds a "Picture Tools" option to the "Format" tab. It appears as a new, red tab on the Word ribbon.

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Click the "Format" tab if it isn't automatically selected. This opens a variety of editing options for your picture, including the ability to adjust the brightness or contrast, to crop the picture or to re-size it.

Cropping

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Click the picture. This opens the "Picture Tools" menu on the Microsoft Word 2007 ribbon. Find the "Size" group.

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Click "Crop." This places what Microsoft calls "cropping handles" on each of the picture's four corners and on the picture's left and right sides.

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Click a cropping handle. Drag it until the portion of the picture you wish to crop is de-selected.

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Release the mouse button to finish cropping the picture.

Compress Images

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Click the picture to open the "Picture Tools" menu. Find the "Adjust" group.

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Click "Compress Pictures." Click the box beside "Apply to Selected Pictures Only" if you only want to compress the selected picture.

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Click "Options" to open the "Compression Settings" dialog window.

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Click "Automatically Perform Basic Compression on Save."

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Click "OK."

Changing Pixel Size

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Click the picture. The "Picture Tools" menu will open. Find the "Adjust" group.

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Click "Compress Pictures." Click "Apply to Selected Pictures Only" if you're only changing the resolution of the selected picture.

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Click "Options."

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Click "Print," "Screen" or "Email." The "Email" setting saves at 96 pixels-per-inch. This is the highest compression setting. The "Screen" option saves as 150 pixels-per-inch and is the medium compression setting. "Print" saves at 220 pixels-per-inch. This creates a better quality picture but does not compress the picture as much as the other options.

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Click "OK."