In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to turn a rectangular picture into a circle (Microsoft Office)...
Tame your computer - round it off
This week’s tip is inspired by a question raised in the chat during one of my recent PowerPoint webinars … “How do you make a rectangular photo into a round one with a frame? “ (Thanks for this week’s tip inspiration, Jen!)
Well, Microsoft Office’s built-in Picture Styles on the Picture Tools ribbon provide a quick way to add fancy borders to your pictures. But what if you want to have more control over the corners and shape of your picture?
- Insert or select the picture, as normal.
- On the Format tab, in the Size group Crop the picture to a square, keeping an eye on and working towards the same Height and Width.
- On the Format tab, in the Size group, click on the Crop’s drop-down arrow, select Crop to Shape and select Oval. (Which obviously will be a circle because of step 2.)
- To resize the picture, drag any of the corner sizing handles, so that both the height and width change and you won’t end up with a distorted photo.
- Click on Picture Border in the Picture Styles group and change the width (Weight) of the border.
By the way, Microsoft wouldn’t be Microsoft if there wasn’t a different way, starting off selecting the shape rather than the picture.
- On the Insert tab, click on Shapes and select Oval.
- Click (don’t drag) where you want to insert the circle. (If you drag the oval shape, you’ll have to hold down your SHIFT key to turn it into a circle.)
- On the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the Shape Fill drop-down arrow and click on Picture.
- Navigate to the folder where the picture is stored and double-click it to insert.
What’s your preferred method?
- How to change the shape of a picture
- Resize and position photos in SmartArt
- Draw a perfect square or circle
Can I help?
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14 December 2020