Resize image in Word with macro

Whenever I need to walk through a wizard I make screenshots of the steps. This comes in handy when someone else needs to do the same thing or just for logging purpose. The screenshots come in a Word document. To resize these images to minimize the number of pages I use this macro:

Sub ResizeImage()
' ResizeImage Macro
' Selected image(s) are resized to 5 cm in width
    Dim shape As InlineShape
    ' iterate all selected shapes
    For Each shape In Selection.InlineShapes
        ' remain aspect ratio
        shape.LockAspectRatio = msoTrue
        ' set with to 5 cm
        shape.Width = CentimetersToPoints(5)
End Sub

Every Image selected (CTRL+A) will be resized to 5cm with aspect ratio locked. I pinned the macro to the Word Quick Access Toolbar for easy access.

Requested code by Nano07 with al little help from Graham Mayor

Sub ResizeImage()
' ResizeImage Macro 2
' Selected image(s) are scaled to 100% and moved behind text in top left corner of the page
    Dim shape As InlineShape
    Dim shapeRange As shapeRange
    ' iterate all selected shapes
    For Each shape In Selection.InlineShapes
        ' remain aspect ratio
        shape.LockAspectRatio = msoTrue
        ' set with to 100 %
        shape.ScaleWidth = 100
        ' convert to shape to get a shaperange
        Set shapeRange = Selection.shapeRange
        ' position relative to the page
        shapeRange.RelativeHorizontalPosition = wdRelativeHorizontalPositionPage
        shapeRange.RelativeVerticalPosition = wdRelativeVerticalPositionPage
        ' anchor to 0.0
        shapeRange.Top = 0
        shapeRange.Left = 0
        ' set to behind text
        shapeRange.WrapFormat.Type = wdWrapBehind
End Sub

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14 Responses to Resize image in Word with macro

  1. Nano07 says:

    Hey Eric,

    Thanks for the tip. I was wondering if this macro can be slightly modified to add the following: Align the image to the top left corner of the page.

    My situation is that I have 8.5×11″ images that I use as backgrounds in the header section. BUT when I insert them in Word, the are imported at 71% of the original size. So what I’m manually doing is 1) putting the image “Behind text”, then resizing to 100% and then setting absolute postion to 0,0cm (top left corner of the page).

    Can this macro be modified to do that?

    Thanks man!

  2. erictummers says:

    I’ve added the macro to the post.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Thanks so much for the macro! I know this is a super old post, but I was wondering if you could extend your original macro by having it also add a caption after each photo and have it increase numerically, ie Picture 1 [Add description], next photo would have Picture 2 [Add description] and so on. Or would it be simpler to insert a new paragraph after each photo? I had tried to add “Selection.InsertParagraphAfter” and “Selection.Move” right before the “Next” to no avail.
    Thank you!

  4. weirenloh says:

    Hi thanks for the code.

    I tried using it but found that the aspect ratio was not kept, i.e. adjustment only on the width. Would you be able to figure out why? I am using Words 2007. The object I have is an image and I just need to paste it into the page and resize them.


    • erictummers says:

      I’m unable to reproduce your issue. It sounds like the LockAspectRatio setting is lost. Could you check that the LockAspectRatio is set to msoTrue?
      shape.LockAspectRatio = msoTrue

  5. 2016 mac says:

    The original (first) macro dosnt work in word 2016 mac – do you know anything about this issue? Dim shape As InlineShape and For each… lines are red in the editor and running issues: “Compilation Error; syntax error”

  6. 2016 mac says:

    Newer mind the previous – didt work when copy-pasted. Works rewritten into the editor.

  7. Sven says:

    Hello Eric

    I like your macro, but i was wondering if you could write it a bit differently, so the the picture-size gets changed depending on the current one.

    For example that if the Picture has size “X” and you run the Macro once, it will become 20% smaller to size “Y”. And then that if you run the Macro again, it shrinks from size “Y” again for 20% instead of becoming the 20% smaller version of “X” again or even the original Picture-Size

    My idea was to make two macros (including keyboard shortcuts), one to increase and one to decrease the size of a given picture by let’s say 10 percent or something so you could quickly change the size by pressing these shortcuts

    I’ve tried the “included” keyboard-shordcut, that everyone in every single forum ever seems to reccomend (shift + Arrow Keys) but in my Case it just deselects the pictures.



  8. Sara says:

    Hi Eric,
    I’m hoping you can be of help. The macro provided works perfectly, thank you. But I have been desperately hunting for the code for a single macro that both inserts an image and resizes it. Do you know of a solution?
    Thank you,

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