How to Crop a Picture in PowerPoint

Crop and resize images in your presentation

What to Know

  • To crop a picture, double click the picture to open the Picture Format tab and click Crop.
  • Drag the frame handles at the edges of the picture until it's cropped in the way you want. Click outside the photo to confirm the crop.
  • For other options, click the down arrow next to the Crop icon to crop the picture into a specific shape or aspect ratio.

This article explains how to crop pictures in PowerPoint using the built-in Crop tool.

How Do I Crop an Image in PowerPoint?

Cropping an image in PowerPoint is pretty straightforward. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Open the presentation with the image you want to crop (or create a new presentation and add a picture).

    A PowerPoint slide with an image in it
  2. Double click the image you want to crop to open the Picture Format tab.

    Picture Format tab in PowerPoint

    You can also single click the image and then click Picture Format, or the Format menu and then Crop.

  3. To freehand crop an image, click the Crop button and skip to the next section of the article.

    Crop option in PowerPoint
  4. To use the crop options and tools, click the down arrow icon next to the Crop button and choose from these tools:

    • Crop to Shape: Want to crop the image to look like a circle, square, or numerous other pre-made shapes? Click Crop to Shape > the shape you want to use > click outside the image to change its shape.
    • Aspect Ratio: You can crop the image's aspect ratio (the ratio of height to width) by clicking Aspect Ratio > one of the pre-defined ratios > clicking outside the image.
    • Fill: To center the image inside a box of a given size, grab the black crop frame handles and resize the box, then click the down arrow next to Crop, and then click Fill. The image will center itself in the box.
    • Fit: To make the image fit a specific size on the slide, grab the black crop frame handles and resize the box, then click the down arrow next to Crop, and then click Fit. The image will resize to fit the size of the box.
    A PowerPoint slide with the crop options and tools showing

How Do You Freehand Crop an Image in PowerPoint?

If you prefer to control the size of the cropped image with more fluidity, use the freehand crop option by following these steps:

  1. Double click the image and click the Crop button.

    Crop option in PowerPoint
  2. Grab the black frame handles on the image and drag them until the highlighted area of the image is the shape and size you want. Drag the image around within the crop area, if needed.

    Crop handle in PowerPoint
  3. Click outside the image to commit the cropping and deselect the image.

    A cropped image in PowerPoint

How Do You Crop and Resize a Picture in PowerPoint?

Follow these steps to crop and resize a picture in PowerPoint:

  1. Double click the image and click the Crop button.

    Crop option in PowerPoint
  2. Grab the black frame handles on the image and drag them until the highlighted area of the image is the size and shape you want it to be. Since this is applying a crop, this can only be smaller than the original image.

    Crop handle in PowerPoint
  3. With the crop area set, grab one of the white squares at the edge of the image and drag to resize the image. You can also enter different size values in the Height and Width boxes next to the Crop button.

    This option maintains the picture's aspect ratio. If you want to be able distort the image, uncheck the box between the Height and Width boxes next to the Crop button.

    Resizing a cropped image in PowerPoint
  4. You can drag the resized image around to place it where you want within the crop area.

    Moving a cropped image in PowerPoint
  5. When the crop area is set, the image resized, and the image placed all the way you want them, click outside the image to commit the edits.

    A cropped and resized image in PowerPoint

Not happy with how the image turned out? You can reset it to its original shape, size, and cropping by using the Undo command (Edit > Undo) or clicking Reset Picture > Reset Picture or Reset Picture & Size.

Why Can't I Crop My Image in PowerPoint?

Are you following these instructions but you can't crop images in PowerPoint? Here are some reasons why this could be happening and how to fix it:

  • You've Selected a Group: Crop is available when the only thing you've selected is the image. If the image is part of a group of objects, or if you've selected more than one image at the same time, you won't be able to crop. Unselect all objects, or ungroup (Arrange menu > Ungroup) the picture from the other items, and try again.
  • Image Was Added Via Photo Album: How you added the image to PowerPoint can influence whether it can be cropped. Images added via Photo Album can't be cropped. That's because they're added as Auto-Fill shapes, which aren't able to be cropped. If that's how you added the image, delete it from the slide and add it again by going to Insert > Picture > Picture From File.
  • The Image is a Vector Graphic: Vector graphics can be misleading. While they look like one image, they're actually a collection of editable lines which look like a single image. PowerPoint can only crop images, not vectors. Try using an image editor to convert the vector to a JPEG (or similar image format), add it back into the presentation, and crop it.
FAQ
  • Can you crop and compress a picture in PowerPoint?

    If you want to reduce the file size of an image after cropping it (or even without cropping it) you can compress photos in PowerPoint. Select the image and choose Picture Tools Format > Compress Pictures. Choose a resolution, then select OK.


  • Can you crop out part of a picture in PowerPoint?

    Although you cannot crop out an interior section of an image, you can add a shape on top of the image to make it appear cropped out. Go to the Insert tab, click Shapes, select the shape you want, click on the picture, and then drag to place the shape. Choose the background color as the fill color for the shape to make it appear cropped out.

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