How to Make an Image Darker in Microsoft Word

By Contributor

Updated May 11, 2020

The images on your computer may need some adjustment, depending on how you wish to use them. You can alter images in Windows through Microsoft Office programs or the Windows Photo Gallery app. The Photo Gallery app is not installed by default on most Windows 8 systems, but you can download it free from the Windows Store. In both Microsoft Office, you can make your images darker by adjusting a brightness slider.

Microsoft Office

Select your image within a Microsoft Office file by clicking on it.

From the "Picture Format" tab that will appear on the right side of the toolbar at the top, select "Corrections."

Selecting picture Corrections in Word.

Click on "Picture Corrections Options" to open a dialog box that will allow you to fine-tune the brightness of your image beyond the preset thumbnails.

Selecting Picture Corrections Options in Word.

Click and drag the "Brightness" slider to set the desired darkness of your image. You may wish to alter the "Contrast" slider as well to preserve the definition of shapes in your image.

Adjusting brightness and contrast of image in Word.