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Aspect Ratio

Friday, December 8th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Aspect Ratio

Tired of distorted pictures every time you resize them?

You know what I’m talking about, right? You select a picture, grab a handle and drag it. Suddenly, you go from your formerly square shaped picture to a long, narrow rectangle. It looks just plain wrong.

Looking for a way to prevent this distortion?

Well, what we need to do is lock the picture’s aspect ratio. (Locking the aspect ratio means that the height and width settings change in relation to one another).

I’ve got a couple of suggestions to prevent these disturbing changes.

To keep the aspect ratio of the picture intact for an occasional resizing, the quickest thing to do is to simply hold down the Shift key while you resize with a corner handle. As long as you hold down the Shift key, the corner handle will drag only at an angle, which will keep the height and width measurements in the proper ratio.

But, what if you’ve got a picture that will be resized frequently and you’ll always want the aspect ratio preserved?

No problem. Simply right click on the picture and choose Format Picture.

On the Size tab, you’re looking to choose the Lock Aspect Ratio option.

Click OK.

Now, as long as you use the corner handles, you can resize without the Shift key or distortion!

~ April

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