How to Edit Images Using Microsoft Word 2016

It's 2018 and we are living in a Click-Edit-Share phase of human history. Almost every picture that we share on social media goes through a routine photo-editing process. Though image-editing in Android is a child's play, it can be a little difficult when it comes to the PC.

Contrary to popular belief, image-editing doesn't always mean Photoshop.

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For all the simple souls out there, Microsoft Word 2016 can come in handy if you want to give a makeover to your pictures on PC. Yes, you heard me right!

The MS Word 2016 sports a wide array of image-editing tools that can truly make any image social-media ready. Here's how it's done.

Step 1: Insert the Picture

Start by clicking on Insert > Pictures and choose the image of your choice.

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Alternatively, if you want a different shape for the image, you can select the shape from the Shapes tab. 

Once done, select the shape and click Shape Fill > Picture. The saving part is a tad different, which we will tell you towards the end of the article.

Step 2: Format the Picture

Once done, right-click on the image and select Format Picture. Click on the Picture tab to the far right and expand the Picture Corrections option. Here, you can either use the available presets or customize the sharpness by sliding the sharpness slider.

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Meanwhile, the changes to the image can be seen in real time. Similarly, you can adjust the Brightness and Contrast levels to give the image a balanced look. Here, you can also use the available presets or adjust the brightness/contrast slider.

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If the editing goes awry, the reset button is there to set things right again.

Step 3: Tweak the Color Tone

One good thing about MS Word is that it gives you the option to change the color tone of the image. Similar to most of the image editing apps on Android, it lets you choose from a wide array of color options.

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Double-click on the image, which will bring up the Format tab in the header. Click on Color and just move your mouse over the thumbnail to get a glimpse of the change. Once you have chosen the color-tone, save the image.

Step 4: Apply a Filter

The Artistic tab is pretty cool when it comes to choosing an image filter. From artistic paint strokes to chalk strokes, it has them all.

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Just choose the filter and if you want to tone down the transparency, slide the slider accordingly. 

Step 5: Save It as a Picture

Once all the color corrections have been made, right-click on the image and choose Save as Picture.

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Enter the new name and that's it. The edited image will be saved with all the new styles and filters.

Note: Word doesn't save all the filters and effects. For instance, the 3-D Format and the 3-D Rotation effects don't get saved.

Saving Pictures With Shapes

The saving part is a little different for the images with shapes.

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All you need to do is copy the image and paste it on to MS Paint. Adjust its borders, edges, and background as per your preference.

Up Your Editing Game

This was how you can edit images using MS Word. Given that Windows 10 runs on more than 400 million devices, it's one of the easiest ways to touch-up images, in my opinion.


Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.

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