How to Cut Out Part of a Picture in Powerpoint for Office 365

While there is a tool in Windows called Paint that lets you edit pictures, many users aren’t comfortable in the application, or even know that it exists.

Image editing programs like Paint are helpful for performing minor edits, such as cropping a picture. But Microsoft Powerpoint also has a cropping tool that you can use to cut out part of a picture.

Our guide below will show you how to select a picture in your Powerpoint presentation then cur out part of that picture using Powerpoint’s image editing capabilities.

How to Cut Out Part of a Picture in Powerpoint with the Crop Tool

The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Powerpoint for Office 365 version of the application, but will work in most other recent versions of Powerpoint as well.

Step 1: Open your presentation in Powerpoint.

Step 2: Select the slide at the left side of the window that contains the picture you wish to edit.

click the slide with the picture

Step 3: Click on the picture to select it.

click the picture to select it

Step 4: Choose the Picture Format tab at the top of the window.

click the Picture Format tab

Step 5: Click the Crop button.

click the Crop button

Step 6: Drag the black guides around the picture until you have selected the part of the picture to keep.

how to cut out part of a picture in Powerpoint

You can then click on another part of the slide to see how everything will look now that you have cut out part of the picture.

If you wish to restore the picture to its original size you can click the Crop button again, then drag the black guides back to the original picture borders.

Note that if you click the arrow under the Crop button you have the ability to crop in some additional ways, such as to a shape, or to an aspect ratio.

additional cropping options in Powerpoint

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