How to Crop a Picture to a Circle in Powerpoint 2013

It’s rare for a picture that you want to use in a slideshow to not require editing. Whether it’s rotating it or cropping out something, the picture might require some work. But you might want the picture to be a shape other than a rectagle, which can leave you wondering how to crop to a circle in Powerpoint.

When you insert a picture in a Powerpoint slide, the picture will be at its original shape and layout. You can use third-party image editing programs, like Photoshop, to edit a picture before you add it to a slideshow, but Powerpoint itself actually has a good selection of image-editing tools that you can use to perform many common actions on your pictures.

One of the options in Powerpoint will let you crop your image, but within that crop tool is an additional option where you can crop a picture to a certain shape. This is something that can be a little difficult to achieve in other programs, but Powerpoint lets you easily change the shape of your image so that your audience sees the picture as that desired shape. Our tutorial below will show you how to use this to crop a picture to a circle in Powerpoint 2013.

How to Crop a Circle in Microsoft Powerpoint

  1. Open the slideshow.
  2. Click on the picture.
  3. Select the Format tab.
  4. Click Crop.
  5. Choose Crop to Shape, then select a circle.
  6. Drag the handles to resize.

Our article continues below with additional information on how to crop to a circle in Powerpoint, including pictures of these steps.

How to Use a Circle Crop in Powerpoint 2013 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Powerpoint 2013. This guide assumes that you already have a picture in one of your Powerpoint slides, and that you would like to crop that picture to a circle. Note that you will be able to resize the circle after you have performed the crop.

Step 1: Open your presentation in Powerpoint 2013.

Step 2: Click on the picture to select it.

select the picture to crop

Step 3: Click the Picture Tools Format tab at the top of the window.

click the picture tools format tab

Step 4: Click the Crop button at the right end of the ribbon, select the Crop to Shape option, then click the circle shape.

choose the circular crop tool

Step 4: Drag the white handles on the border of the circle to resize it. You can click off of the picture when you are finished.

how to crop a picture to a circle in powerpoint 2013

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