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I’m not very good at PhotoShop and I mostly use MS Paint to edit images. It’s one of the quickest ways to edit image in Microsoft Office suite. Recently Microsoft guys have introduced a lot of good tools in online Office 365. Just imagine my frustration and amazement when I discovered that Microsoft Word has tons of image editing features like MS Paint!

Does Microsoft Office 365 Have a Photo Editor?

Yes, it does! To get a wonderfully edited picture, you need Microsoft Word Online, some image and your fantasy. Microsoft Word Online Photo Editor is integral feature of MS Word which you can access online from any place. Simply, start MS Word online, open a new Word document and insert a photo as show on the screenshot below:

Microsoft Word Image Editor Online Inteface

Here you have several image source options such as your computer, smartphone, OneDrive or stock images. Upload a photo from any source and start image editing in Microsoft Word. We’ll show you how to do it in our step by step tutorial below.

How to Edit a Picture Online in a Word Document in Microsoft Office 365?

Microsoft Word Online Photo Editor includes all necessary photo editing tools for fast image manipulation:

  • rotate and flip pics vertically or horizontally;
  • enlarge or shrink images;
  • cut and crop photos precizely in pixels and centimeters;
  • preserve aspect ratio for image shrinking;
  • add visual styles, borders and frames to your pictures

How to Add Frames, Borders and Styles in Microsoft Word Photo Editor

There are ready templates where you can find multiple variants for shadow shapes. Also you can select frame templates from the Borders section. You can even select the color of the shadow from Styles menu.

The only huge drawback that Microsoft Word Online Photo Editor has – it’s the lack of image filters and advanced effects like black and white photos. I really need feature like the Effects menu where I can apply the same actions to the image as I described below and select the Effects menu. I bet the effects range like in other online image editors, here we can remember the old PicMonkey app, would add much more fans to Microsoft Word Online Photo Editor.

Here’s how to cut part of a picture in Word online:

Image Cropping in Microsoft Word Image Editor

  1. Open MS Word;
  2. Go to Insert tab and upload a photo;
  3. To resize the picture, click on it and drag any corner of the picture;
  4. Or use the crop option to cut a part of the image. Done!

Fine, now you’ve got the desired dimensions and here starts the most interesting. Right-click on the picture and select Image Properties to make sure your image has proper size in cm for printing as shown here:

Microsoft Word Online Office Image editing features

All changes are saved automatically in your online Word document in OneDrive. You can revert any changes if you don’t like the resulting picture after image editing.

Watch the detailed video tutorial “How to Format and Edit Pictures in Microsoft Word Online”:

Microsoft Word Online Photo Editor Review

To sum up: there is nothing in Microsoft Paint that Microsoft Word cannot do! You can resize your images, turn them by any angle, play with styles, apply borders, put frames, add shadows, texts and background pictures in Microsoft Word. So, if you have Microsoft Word Online in Microsoft Office 365 on your computer, maybe you’d better pay more attention to this wonderful application that can edit words and images as well.

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