How to Edit a JPEG in Word 2007

by Irene A. Blake
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The JPEG File Interchange Format reduces the amount of data and storage space needed to save images while retaining picture quality. As a result, many people save photos, graphics and other images for use in a wide variety of personal and professional projects, including Web-based projects that require small file sizes, under the JPEG format. Microsoft Word 2007 was designed with desktop publishing picture-formatting tools for use with various file formats, including JPEG.

Step 1

Insert a JPEG picture into your document. Do this by clicking the "Insert" tab and "Picture" to open the "Insert Picture" window. Select a JPEG file. Click the "Insert" button and the picture should appear in your document as a selected object. The tools ribbon should change to “Picture Tools” under the "Format" tab.

Step 2

Change the brightness, contrast and color of your JPEG in the “Adjust” section by clicking an option in the "Brightness," "Contrast," or "Re-color" drop-down menus. Use the buttons in the second column to compress the picture file size, change to a different picture or reset the picture to its original size if you resized it.

Step 3

Add shapes, borders and effects using tools in the "Picture Styles" section. Select pre-formatted style options by clicking on an icon in the first column. Select individual options by using the “Picture Shape,” “Picture Border” and “Picture Effects” drop-down menu buttons in the second column. For example, create a "Glow" effect that makes the picture appear lifted off the page with a light source behind it—casting a glow around its edges. Click "Picture Effects" > "Glow," then choose a glow color from the drop-down list.

Step 4

Arrange your JPEG on the document and/or with other objects/text in the "Arrange" section. Automatically position the JPEG on the document with the “Position” tool. Select "Bring to Front" or "Send to Back" to layer objects or "Text Wrapping" to reposition text. Use the buttons in the last column to align your JPEG edge-to-edge with other objects, group objects, or rotate it rotate your JPEG.

Step 5

Trim or alter the size of your JPEG in the "Size" section. Trim the picture with the “Crop” button. Change picture height and width requirements in the "Shape Height" and "Shape Width" areas. If you want to key-enter size, scale, crop, or rotational values in a single window, click the icon (right-pointing diagonal arrow) at the right corner of the "Size" section to open the "Size" window.

Save your edited JPEG as part of the document or as a separate object.


  • To make additional formatting changes, right click your JPEG and select "Format Picture..." or click the right-pointing arrow icon at the right corner of the "Picture Style" section to open the "Format Picture" window.
  • To save your JPEG as a separate object, click on the picture, then click on the "Clipboard" group. Click "Copy" > "Paste" > "Paste Special." In the "Paste Special" box, find "As," then select "Picture (JPEG)." Right-click on your JPEG picture, then select “Save as Picture." Type a name for your picture, browse to a folder where you want to save it, then click "Save."


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About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.

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