How to Crop a Shape in PowerPoint

Options include rectangles, arrow, and stars

What to Know

  • Picture Format menu > Crop from Size section of ribbon > Crop to Shape, and then select the shape you'd like to use.
  • Select the text box to crop > Shape Format menu > Change Shape to crop a shape for a text box.
  • Change the cropped shape using the same process for a picture or text box but choose a different shape.

This article explains how to crop images and text blocks into shapes in PowerPoint.

How to Crop a Shape in Powerpoint

Cropping a shape in PowerPoint can give images or text on a slide a much more creative flair.

These instructions apply to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, 2016, 2019, and 365. The ribbon options described may display differently in different versions, but the process is the same.

How to Crop a Picture in PowerPoint

The most common use for the crop feature in PowerPoint is to crop a picture into a specific shape. You can do this in just a few simple steps.

  1. To insert a picture into your PowerPoint presentation, select the Insert menu, select Pictures from the ribbon, and then select one of the options to insert an image.

    Screenshot of inserting a picture in PowerPoint
  2. Select the Picture Format menu, select the arrow below Crop from the Size section of the ribbon, choose Crop to Shape, and then select the shape you'd like to use.

    Screenshot of cropping a shape in PowerPoint

    In some versions of PowerPoint, the Picture Format menu is only called Format. You'll find the same Crop options in that menu.

  3. You'll see the image immediately cropped using that shape. You can use the resize handles around the image to resize it. Or select the box and drag it to move it anywhere you want to place it on the slide.

    Screenshot of cropped image in PowerPoint

How to Crop a Shape for Text in PowerPoint

You can do something similar with text wrapping in PowerPoint by cropping the text box itself into a specific shape.

Cropping a shape for text is different than creating curved text in PowerPoint. Instead of shaping the text, the process below will crop a shape for the text box itself.

  1. To add the text you'd like to place inside a shape, select the Insert menu and then select Text Box from the Text section of the ribbon.

    Screenshot of inserting a text box in PowerPoint
  2. Click the mouse anywhere in the slide to insert the text box at that point. Type the text you'd like to appear inside the shape into the text box.

    Screenshot of text box in PowerPoint
  3. Select the Shape Format menu and select Edit Shape from the Insert Shapes section of the ribbon. Select Change Shape from the dropdown menu. Choose the shape you'd like to crop the text box into from the list.

    Screenshot of changing textbox shape
  4. The step above will change the shape of the text box, but it may not be immediately apparent until you change the background color and the outline of the text box. To do that, use Shape Outline and Shape Effects from the Shape Styles section of the ribbon.

    Screenshot of new textbox shape in PowerPoint

How to Update a Cropped Shape in PowerPoint

Just because you've chosen one shape to crop an image doesn't mean you're stuck with it. You can change that cropped shape at any time.

  1. Select the image you want to change the cropped shape for and select Picture Format from the menu.

  2. Select Crop from the Size section of the ribbon. Select Crop to Shape. Select the new cropped shape you want to use for the image.

    Screenshot of changing the cropped shape in PowerPoint
  3. Once you select the new cropped shape, it'll immediately change in the slide view.

    Screenshot of updated cropped shape in PowerPoint
  • How do I crop multiple images at once in PowerPoint?

    If you want to crop pictures in PowerPoint to a standard size, hold Shift and select the images you want to crop. You can then crop and resize all your photos all at once.

  • How do I crop a video in PowerPoint?

    To crop videos in PowerPoint, go to Video Format > Video Shape and choose a shape. To retain the original shape, choose a rectangle and resize it as desired.

  • Can I change the size of my slide in PowerPoint?

    To change the size of a slide in PowerPoint, go to Design > Slide Size. You can choose between Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9), or Custom.

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