Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to Resize, Rotate, and Flip pictures in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint provides various picture enhancement options such as:
Picture Effects, and Picture Borders.
Beyond these options, there are some very significant yet basic picture editing options that you should
consider -- these include learning how you can Resize, Rotate, and
Flip pictures. All of these options help you to enhance the look of your
We assume that you already have
inserted a picture
on your slide, and have selected it, as shown in Figure 1. Do note that when you select
a picture in PowerPoint 2013, the Picture Tools Format contextual tab (highlighted in
red within Figure 1) appears on the
Ribbon -- make sure that you click
this tab to activate it.
Figure 1: Picture inserted and selected
Now, let us learn how to Resize, Rotate, and Flip pictures.
You can resize your selected picture in any of the two ways mentioned below:
- You can click and drag any of the corner white square selection handles that show on the selected
picture, as shown in Figure 1, above. To resize a picture proportionately, hold the
Shift key while you drag one of the four corner handles.
Tip: If you have cropped the picture to a shape like a Teardrop, a Trapezoid, or a Star, then you can also drag the yellow square that appears along with the selection handles to manipulate the picture's edges.
- Locate the Size group within the Picture Tools Format
tab. Then, enter the required Height and Width values, as shown in
Figure 2: Height and Width values entered within the Size group
Tip: Do you see the Width and Height values in centimeters rather than inches? That's not an issue since you will either see centimeters or inches everywhere in PowerPoint -- but if you want to change the unit of measurement, you will have to do that globally in your Microsoft Windows operating system. The following tutorials will help you:
Change The Unit Of Measurement in Windows 8
Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows 7
Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows Vista
Change the Unit of Measurement in Windows XP
To learn more about advanced options to resize the selected pictures, just right-click the picture, and choose the Format Picture option in the resultant contextual menu. Thereafter, follow instructions within our Resizing Shapes tutorial to proceed further.
You can rotate a selected picture in any of the two ways mentioned below:
- You can click and drag the white rotation handle that you can see in Figure 3
(highlighted in red) towards the right or left as required.
Figure 3: White rotation handle
Tip: Press the Shift key as you drag the rotation handle to rotate the selected picture by 15 degrees. You can continue dragging so as to rotate further in increments of 15 degrees, such as 30, 45, 60 degrees and so inwards.
- Access the Picture Tools Format tab and click the Rotate button to
bring up the Rotate drop-down gallery, that you can see in Figure 4.
Choose any of the two Rotate options (highlighted in red
within Figure 4).
Figure 4: Rotate options within the Rotate drop-down gallery
To learn more about advanced options to rotate selected pictures, just right-click the picture and, choose the Format Picture option in the resultant contextual menu. Thereafter, follow instructions within our Rotate Shapes tutorial to proceed further.
As with Resize and Rotate, there are two options available to Flip the picture:
- You can click and drag one of the side (not corner) white square selection handles of the picture,
as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Drag the side handle towards the other end of the picture
Continue dragging even when you reach the end of the picture until you have flipped it as required (see Figure 6). Remember that if you drag the selection handle too little or too farther, you may end up squishing the picture!
Figure 6: Drag beyond to the other side to flip a picture
- You can locate the Arrange group within the Picture Tools Format
tab. Then click the Rotate button to bring up the Rotate drop-down
gallery as you can see in Figure 7. Choose any of the two Flip
options (highlighted in red within Figure 7) within
this drop-down gallery to flip your picture vertically or horizontally.
Figure 7: Flip options within the Rotate drop-down gallery
To learn about how to do a more controlled flipping of the picture, refer to our Flip Shapes tutorial. You flip pictures in the same way as you flip shapes.
In Figure 8, you can see the selected picture as well as its variations in which
the picture has been resized, rotated and flipped. Compare the original picture with its variations.
Figure 8: Variants of the same picture applied with resize, rotate, and flip options
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