Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Changing the Size of a Drawing Object.

Changing the Size of a Drawing Object

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 27, 2013)


As you create and refine your drawings in Word, there will doubtless be times when you need to change the size of objects. You can change the size of most objects by following these steps:

  1. Use the mouse pointer to click on the object whose size you want to change. Word displays small boxes called handles around the object.
  2. Point to one of the handles, click on it, and hold down the mouse button.
  3. Drag the mouse. The size of the object changes as you move the mouse.
  4. Release the mouse button when the object is the desired size.

If you try to drag one of the corner handles and hold down the Shift key as you drag, then the object retains its original proportions as it is resized. If you don't hold down the Shift key, then the object is simply resized to whatever proportions you specify by your mouse movements.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (5841) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Changing the Size of a Drawing Object.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2015-11-05 13:04:05

james roland

I create docs in WORD with lots of pics. I usually export them from iPhoto to an email and have that over to the side and drag them in as needed (always one by one). I WOULD LOVE TO FIND A WAY TO DRAG MULTIPLE PICS ONTO A DOC. Is this possible? Thanks.

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