How to Use the Microsoft Word to Resize Multiple Pictures

How to Use the Microsoft Word to Resize Multiple Pictures on AllAppsWorld Top Blog

Microsoft Word is definitely the most popular text editing soft in the world. Everybody knows how to edit a picture in Microsoft Word – but, surprisingly enough, only advanced users know about the tools that allow resizing multiple pictures at once. Meanwhile, this task is really common – whether you import those pictures from another app or add them directly from some other source.

Most people seem to ignore the problem altogether, preferring to resize pictures manually. But if it's not a rare task for you, doing it by hand tends to become really tedious and time-consuming. There's a whole lot of advanced features in Microsoft Word, and resizing pictures automatically is included in it, too. So let's review all of the possible means to make every pic in your document of the same size.

Using Other Soft

First, don't forget that you don't really need Microsoft Word to resize your pictures. You can use any other app that has resizing features – and almost every photo editing app has at least the simplest of them. Just import your pic, set the dimensions you desire, and the app will do the rest. You can crop your pictures or squeeze them, and some apps offer you even more advanced options.

However, the majority of such apps allow you to edit only one picture at a time. And the process of importing, editing, and exporting may be even more boring than resizing your images manually, after all. It is quite obvious that we need to find a tool to allow editing multiple pictures at once. Luckily, Word has two different methods of doing that task. So let's get to reviewing them.

Using Macros

Microsoft Word is extremely powerful, and it has lots of hidden features for different problems. But what really makes it great is its macros system. Roughly speaking, this system allows you to program your own automated functions that can be run simply by pressing a button. This way, you can make the program perform rather difficult tasks automatically, and that's exactly what we need.

Creating a macro involves teaching Word how to perform your task. It can be done either by writing a formalized set of instructions or simply by recording the steps you need to do it by hand. Resizing all of a document's pictures at once requires writing a piece of code, but you don't need to worry – even if you don't know how to do it, we have the code that will work for you. Let's see how to do it.

  1. Open the document with the pictures that you need to resize.
  2. Click on one of the pictures. Don't move it or resize it yet, just select. Then, go to the View tab at the top of your screen.
  3. Choose Macros.
  4. A new window will open. Type a name for your new macro in the box – you can name it any way you want. However, if you have a couple of macros at once, it's recommended to choose a reasonable name that would represent the function of a specific macro. Then choose Create.
  5. Another window will open. Select all of the code on your screen and delete it. We won't use it, because there's a ready-made code that we're going to insert here.
  6. Choose one of the following codes, then copy and paste it into the window.

If you need to get pictures with certain height and width in pixels, use this code. Replace 300 and 400 in the code with your desired values in pixels:

  • Sub resize()

Dim i As Long
With ActiveDocument
For i = 1 To .InlineShapes.Count
With .InlineShapes(i)
.Height = 300
.Width = 400
End With
Next i
End With
End Sub

If you need to get a set of pictures with their height and width in inches, use this code. Replace 3 and 4 with your desired values in inches:

  • Sub resize()

Dim i As Long
With ActiveDocument
For i = 1 To .InlineShapes.Count
With .InlineShapes(i)
.Height = InchesToPoints(3)
.Width = InchesToPoints(4)
End With
Next i
End With
End Sub

If you need to scale your images, use this code. Replace 60 and 80 by your values:

  • Sub resize()

Dim i As Long
With ActiveDocument
For i = 1 To .InlineShapes.Count
With .InlineShapes(i)
.ScaleHeight = 60
.ScaleWidth = 80
End With
Next i
End With
End Sub

7. Simply close the window.

8. With one of your images still selected, choose Macros once again.

9. The Macros window will open, containing your macro. Select it and choose Run.

10. Microsoft Word will automatically resize all pictures. If you add other pictures later, they are not going to be resized automatically. However, you just have to run your macro once again to make them even again.

This way you can resize any amount of pictures in an entire Word document – and you don't have to be proficient in creating macros. These little Microsoft Word apps that you create yourself are quite powerful, and you can use them to perform much more complex tasks. But let's get back to our task since there is another way to resize pictures in Word. Let's look at it, too.

Using the Key

Microsoft Word has lots of magical keys, but we will need a specific one – namely, the F4 key. You can use it to repeat the last action you've performed in the app, and it's really helpful for our task, as well. Be wary that some keyboards require clicking a combination of the Fn and F4 keys together in order to perform this task. Anyway, here's the method.

  1. Open the document with your pictures.
  2. Click on one of the pictures. Then, right-click it and choose Size and Position.
  3. A new window will open. Go to the Size tab, and uncheck the box named Lock aspect ratio.
  4. Enter the preferred values for width and height of your pictures in the boxes. Choose Ok.
  5. The selected picture will change its size. Now, select other images one by one and hit the F4 key repeatedly. Of course, if you perform any other action in between, the F4 will repeat that action instead, so be careful.

Same Size Matters

Now that you know a couple of tricks to make pictures in your document of the same size, you can use them to make any document look better. So finish your Microsoft Word Android App download and start experimenting. And don't forget to comment on how you use these features.

Ethan Porter

@allappsworld

Avid rhyme maker, master of ceremonies, lord of the phones.

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