The first thing you have to do if you want to crop a picture is to add it. There are two ways of adding a picture in Microsoft Publisher:
- Have a picture on the clipboard and copy it. You can do this either by clicking on the folder in the context menu which opens when you right click at the bottom of the page or by inserting the image by pressing the “Control” and “V” keys at the same time.
- Use the program’s top menu. Go to insert, which is the third tab from the left. Then click on images - the file browser will open and you will be able to insert the image.
Once you have the picture you can start editing it. Right-click on the image and two menus will open – the context menu and a smaller menu that will be lower down and has 7 buttons in a grid pattern (3 buttons above and 4 below). Now you need to find the crop button, which is in the bottom left corner, and click on it. This will activate functions that will allow you to move the four edges inwards or outwards in order to make the image smaller or larger.
Another thing you can do is to drag a corner handle, allowing you to move two sides at once. Of course, moving the corner handles will always mean that the edges move with them in a perpendicular fashion. You’ll never be able to make the image not have a rectangular shape, at least not with the crop tool. You’ll always get cropped lines that run parallel to the default lines.