How to Erase Part of a Picture in Powerpoint for Office 365

Microsoft Powerpoint has some tools that you can use to edit your images without even leaving the application.

One of these tools lets you crop your images, which is helpful when you need to be able to cut out part of a picture in Powerpoint.

Our tutorial below will show you where to find the Powerpoint crop tool and how to use it to keep only the part of the image that you need for your slide.

How Do I Cut Out Part of a Picture in Powerpoint?

  1. Open your presentation.
  2. Choose the slide with the image.
  3. Click on the picture.
  4. Select the Picture Format tab.
  5. Click the Crop button.
  6. Use the black guides to crop the image

Our guide continues below with more information about how to erase part of a picture in Powerpoint, including images of these steps.

While there is a tool in Windows called Paint that lets you edit pictures, many users aren’t comfortable with the application or do not 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 and then cut out part of that picture using Powerpoint’s image editing capabilities.

Read our article on how to circle something in Google Slides if you also use that application and have been looking for a way to draw shapes on your slides.

How to Cut Out Part of a Picture in Powerpoint with the Crop Tool (Guide with Pictures)

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.

how to erase part of a picture in Powerpoint

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.

Now that you know how to erase part of a picture in Powerpoint, you will be able to easily modify images that you have added to your slide so that you are only showing the relevant part of that image.

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

More Information About the Picture Tools for Microsoft Powerpoint Presentations

When you right-click on a picture in Microwsoft Powerpoint, you can select the Format picture option. In older versions of Powerpoint, a dialog box appears with different options for editing images.

In Powerpoint 365, however, there is a column at the right side of the window with a variety of choices.

If you click one of these options, you can apply that effect to the selected image.

One additional option here is the background removal tool that is part of Microsoft Office 365.

If you select your picture, then choose the Picture Format tab, you will see the Remove Background button on the left side of ribbon.

You can use that to try and mark areas to keep or mark areas to remove. The areas that will be cut from the image are shown as magenta areas.

Once you are finished, you can click the Keep Changes button to remove the background from the image.

If you are having trouble getting the desired result for the picture, you can always try a tool like the website and see if that does a better job of removing an unwanted background from a picture.

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