How to Fit a Picture to a Page in Word?

It’s late at night and you’re tired. However, there’s something hindering you from finally printing that image you’ve been editing the entire day. You don’t know how to properly fit the image on a letter-sized bond paper that your boss or professor requested. This is a common printing problem most of us face. Well, don’t lose hope because we’ve got you covered. We’ll show you how to fit a picture into a page in MS Word through the guide below. 

 Now, there are about four ways to fit a picture to a page in MS Word. 

4 Ways to Fit a Picture to a Page in Word

  • Fit a picture by dragging and resizing
  • Fit a picture by specifying its length and width
  • You can Fit a picture using the Fill Effects tool
  • Fit a picture using the Watermark tool

The first method is the easiest way to fit a picture into a Word document. This is perfect for a simple full-page print task. Meanwhile, if you are very particular about the dimensions of the image, then the second method would be most ideal. In that method, you won’t be worrying about the awfully resized images. This is especially true if you are going to print something that requires accurate measurements. 

On the other hand, the third and fourth methods are quite unpopular, but they sure can get the job done. If your purpose for fitting that image on a document page is to use it as a background, then either of these methods will do that for you. Both methods allow you to edit your document without the risk of accidentally deleting your background image. 

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know to fit a picture to a page in MS Word.


Method 1: Fit a Picture by Dragging and Resizing

In this method, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to fit a picture by manually dragging and resizing it. This is the fastest and most common way to easily fit your picture to a Word document page. 

Here are the steps on how you can do that.

Step 1: Open an MS Word document.

First, you have to open up a Word document. If you are already working on one, feel free to use that. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because you can easily undo any unwanted changes.

If you don’t have a Word document ready, you can always create a new one. 

Step 2: Insert the image.

Now that we have our document opened, go to the Insert tab on the Ribbon and click on the Pictures button. This will launch the Insert Picture dialogue box in the middle of your screen. Locate the picture that you want to use and click the Insert button to proceed. 

Step 3: Select the Text Wrap Style.

Right-click on the image and select the Wrap Text option. This will display a horizontal drop-down menu. From the list of choices, select either Behind Text or In front of Text style. This is to make sure that the image can be dragged and resized to our heart’s content. Note that the other text wrapping options will limit the image within the document’s margins. 

Step 4: Drag and resize the image.

Now, get ready to resize your image. Drag the top side of the image all the way up to the edge of the document page. Do the same with the bottom, left, and right sides of the image until no whitespace is visible. 

In case you want to retain the aspect ratio of the image, resize it by dragging any of the four corners of your image instead. Drag the upper left corner of the image all the way to the upper left corner of the document. Repeat this with the lower right corner of the image and the lower right corner of your document.  

Congratulations! You’ve successfully fit a picture to a page in MS Word. 


Method 2: Fit a Picture by Specifying its Length and Width

For tasks that are quite specific on the aspect ratio or are precise with the dimension units of the image, this method could be your lifesaver. We’ve laid out the steps on how to fit a picture to a page by manipulating its length and width. 

Here’s how you can do just that.

Step 1: Open up a Word document.

Before anything else, start by opening a Word document. Feel free to use your own personal file if you already have one ready. Otherwise, you can always choose to create a new one. 

Step 2: Insert an image.

Before we start with the actual resizing, let’s make sure we have an image in our document. Just follow the same step in Method 1. Alternatively, simply copy-paste your image from a folder into your Word file. 

Step 3: Select the text wrapping style.

Once you’ve already loaded an image on the document, go to the Format tab. Under the Arrange group on the Ribbon, click the Wrap Text button and select More Layout Options from the horizontal drop-down menu.

 Doing so will launch the Layout dialog box in the middle of your screen. 

On the Text Wrapping tab, select either Behind Text or In front of Text. 

Step 4: Specify the length and the width of the image.

Click the Size tab on the Layout dialog box. Now, input your preferred image dimension into the Height and Width fields. Take note that, by default, MS Word uses the metric system. So, for an 8.5” x 11” document, the values should be 27.94 cm and 21.59 cm for the height and width, respectively. 

You can deselect the Lock aspect ratio and Relative to original picture size checkboxes found at the lower right corner of the dialog box. This is in case your image’s dimension is not proportional to your document’s.

Click the OK button to proceed. Otherwise, click the Cancel button if you don’t want to retain any changes. 

Finally, using the arrow keys or a mouse, reposition your image to fit it to your document.

There you have it! You’ve successfully specified the length and width of an image to fit it to a page in MS Word. 


Method 3: Fit a Picture Using the Fill Effects Tool

If you are looking for something you can use to turn a rather boring layout into something visually presentable, then this method is for you. 

Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Open up an MS Word file.

First off, open up a word file or create a new blank document if you don’t have one yet. Feel free to use one of the older documents on your computer or the one  you’re currently editing. The steps below shouldn’t cause any permanent damage to your document anyway.

Step 2: Select fill effects on the page color option.

Once your document is ready, go to the Design tab and click the Page Color button under the Page Background group. Then, select the Fill Effects option. This will launch the Fill Effects dialog box in the middle of your screen. 

Now, go to the Picture tab and click the Select Picture button. Locate your image either from your device, Bing Image, or through your Personal OneDrive. After that, click the Insert button, then the OK button.

Voila! You’ve successfully placed a fit-to-page background image using the Fill Effects tool!


Method 4: Fit a Picture Using the Watermark Tool

Some of you might already be familiar with watermarks since it’s commonly used in corporate documents. It’s either used to make documents look more professional or simply to remind people that the document they are reading is confidential. In this method, we’ll show you how to use this feature to fit a picture to a page in MS Word. 

Here’s how to do that. 

Step 1: Open up a Word document.

First things first, let’s open up a word file or create a new blank one. In case you have one already opened, go ahead and use that. Don’t worry about messing up your document, as all of the steps in this method will be easy to undo or revert. 

Step 2: Insert your image as a watermark.

Once you have your document opened, go to the Design tab and click the Watermark button found under the Page Background group. Then, select Custom Watermark. This will prompt a dialog box. 

On the dialog box, select Picture Watermark. Click Select Picture, then locate and insert your image file. 

If you want to print the image with its original color, untick the washout option, then click the OK button. 

You’ll notice that the image only fits the area inside the document’s margin. Now, to resize it, access the Header by double-clicking the upper part of your document. Click the image and start dragging it until no whitespace is visible. Double-click outside the document page to exit the Header

Fantastic! You’ve successfully fit a picture to a page using Watermark in MS Word. 


Deleting the Image

For the first two methods, deleting the image is as simple as adding them. Simply click on the image and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. 

Meanwhile, to remove the image you placed using Fill Effects, simply go back to the Page Color option on the Design tab, then select No Color.

Lastly, to delete the image as a watermark, simply click on the Watermark button under the Design tab, then select the Remove Watermark option. 

Conclusion

You’ve successfully reached the end of this tutorial. But before you leave, here is a quick rundown of the topic we’ve covered today.

There are two simple methods you can use to fit a picture into a Microsoft Word page. First is by dragging and resizing the image and second is by manually specifying the image’s dimensions. Apart from these two, you can also use the Fill Effects and the Watermark tools. These are especially useful when your purpose of placing the image is to use it as the background of your document. 

We hope you’ve found this article helpful!

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