Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How To Crop a Photo into a Circle using MS Paint and Word

People like to share profile pictures online to get a digital identity. Picture shape is important for the photo. Two most popular picture shapes are box and circle.

The box-shaped picture is the default one. The circle-shaped picture can be used as a professional profile photo. Especially for students and job seekers, round shaped profile photo is a must.

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Either it's a square-shaped or rectangular shaped photo, the simple crop is enough. If you want the picture shape should be a circle, you may prefer Photoshop. It can be frustrating to learn photoshop tricks to crop a photo into a circle.

You may also have an idea to hire a freelancer to crop your pictures. Here, we have come with simple tips to crop a picture into a circle. Thus, you can do it yourself on your own.

How to crop a photo into a circle

In this tutorial, you will learn how to crop a photo into a circle using MS Paint and MS Word.


  • Windows PC (Version 7 or above).
  • MS Office.

Sample Picture

sample picture batman

In this tutorial, we've used this Batman picture to make a circle picture shape. Let's begin the tutorial.


  • Open MS Paint on your Windows PC.
  • Add your photo in Paint.
  • Choose Rectangular selection in Paint.
  • Crop your photo showing your face. 
Look for the below example:

cropped picture

  • Save As the picture in PNG format.
  • Now, open MS Word.
  • Go to Insert > Shapes > Oval.

choose oval

  • Place the cursor on the page and draw a circle. 

Tip: Press the SHIFT button while making a circle. Drag the cursor and make a perfectly round shape for the profile picture.

When you make a circle shape, it will look like this on MS Word:

circle shape

  • Upon finishing the circle, Drawing Tools will be activated.
  • Go to Format > Shape Fill > Picture.

Add picture from Drawing tools

  • Add the cropped picture into it.
You will see your cropped photo like this:

Picture filled in oval

You need to remove the blue circular outline around the image.

To do that:

  • Right-Click on the image area.
  • Click on Format Shape option.

Format shape to remove circular outline

Format Picture window will open.

  • Click on Line Color.
  • Check No Line radio button.

Choose No line

  • Click on the Close button.
Have you noticed that the circular line around that image has been cleared?

Note: We've used MS Word Professional Plus 2010. If you're using any other version, Right-Click on image > Format Autoshape. On the Format Autoshape window, under Color section > Choose No Color. Our aim is to clear the circular border.

  • Then Right-Click on the image showing points.
  • Copy the image to clipboard or Press Ctrl + C.

copy the image

  • To save the image, go to MS Paint.
  • Paste the copied image from clipboard to Paint.
  • Now, Save the image.
When you use your cropped circle picture on the white background, it will look like this:

cropped photo into a circle

To use your circle shape picture on a different background,

  • Go to MS Paint.
  • Insert a picture with a different background.
  • Go to Home > Select > Tick the Transparent Selection.

Transparent selection

  • Now, add the cropped circle picture on a different background.
An example is given below:

circle shape photo on different background

  • Then Save the picture.

Tip: Prefer PNG format while saving the picture for best quality.

That's all. You're done.

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If you're looking for circle crop tool, you should try this DIY guide. If you've any queries, feel free to leave your comment.

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