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4 Ways to Successfully Crop an Image on Windows 11

Mastering Image Cropping in Windows 11 for Enhanced Visuals

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To crop an image on Windows 11, you can use the pre-installed apps or a third-party image editor. The pre-installed apps include Paint, Photos, and the Snipping Tool apps. Cropping an image can help to remove unwanted areas from your picture.

You may install trusted third-party apps to crop your images. Cropping images is one basic image manipulation technique graphic designers and printing businesses use. We will discuss how you can use some of these apps.

1. Cropping images using Photos

Photos is the default image viewer for Windows 11 and includes essential editing options, such as cropping. Use the cropping tool to trim images as shown below:

  1. Open the image you want to crop.
  2. When the Photos app opens, click the Edit image button.
    Crop Image on Windows 11
  3. When the edit page opens, the app usually selects the Crop tool by default.
  4. However, if it isn’t, click the Crop tool.
    Crop Image on Windows 11
  5. Then, click any of the edges of the cropping rectangle, hold the mouse click and adjust it to resize it by dragging the border to the area you need.
    Crop Image on Windows 11
  6. The app will cut off everything on the exterior of the cropping rectangle.
  7. Left-click the image, hold the mouse click, and drag the mouse to the desired position to choose the desired angle within the rectangle.
  8. Then, click the Save as copy button to save a copy.
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  9. Or expand and click Save to save as original.
    Crop Image on Windows 11
  10. Select a folder, enter the desired image name, and click the Save option.
    Crop Image on Windows 11

2. Crop images using the Snipping Tool

Windows 11 provides the Snipping Tool, a utility for taking screenshots. It comes with annotation editing features and a cropping tool, making it easy to modify your images. The cropping tool is user-friendly and straightforward. Here’s how you can crop your photos using the Snipping Tool:

  1. Press the Windows + S to open the search tool, type snipping tool, and open the Snipping Tool app.
  2. When the tool opens, click the ellipses on the right of the screen and choose the Open file option.
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  3. Then, select the desired file you intend to crop and double-click.
  4. Click the Crop tool on the toolbar.
    Crop Image on Windows 11
  5. Then, click any of the edges of the cropping rectangle, hold the mouse click and adjust it to resize it by dragging the border to the area you need.
  6. Click the Apply (tick) button to remove the area outside the cropping rectangle.
  7. Finally, click the Save as button, include a file name, select a desired folder to add the cropped image and, click Save.

3. Cropping images with Paint

As a Windows user, you may already be familiar with Paint. With its rectangular and free-form selection tools, you can easily crop your image on your Windows 11 computer. Our guide on resizing and cropping images with Paint provides step-by-step instructions on how to make the most of this app’s Crop feature.

  1. Open the image you want to crop.
  2. Then, right-click the image, hover over the Open with option, and select the Paint app.
  3. When the edit page opens, the app usually selects the Crop tool by default.
  4. However, if it isn’t, click the Crop tool.
    Crop Image on Windows 11
  5. Then, click any of the edges of the cropping rectangle, hold the mouse click, and adjust it to resize it by dragging the border to the area you need.
  6. Everything on the exterior of the rectangle will be cut out of the image.
  7. Then, click on File and select the Save option to save the image as original or the Save as option to save a copy of the image.
  8. Afterward, choose a suitable folder, enter a name for the image in the File name field, and click Save.
    Crop Image on Windows 11

4. How to Crop Images With Paint 3D

Paint 3D, an upgraded Windows Paint app, offers advanced 3D editing features and helpful image-editing tools like the Crop tool. Although Windows does not include Paint 3D by default, you can easily download it from the Microsoft Store. To crop an image using Paint 3D, follow these steps:

  1. If Paint 3D is unavailable on your PC, download it from Microsoft Store.
  2. Then, open the Paint 3D app when installation is complete.
  3. When it opens, click Open and select Browse files.
  4. Choose an image to crop, and click Open to launch it in Paint 3D.
  5. Press the Crop tool on the toolbar.
  6. Then, left-click any of the edges of the cropping rectangle, hold the mouse click, and adjust it to resize it by dragging the border to the area you need.
  7. The app will cut off everything on the exterior of the cropping rectangle.
  8. Then, click the Done option to apply the cropping and click the Menu option on the top-right of the screen.
    Crop Image on Windows 11
  9. Click either the Save as option to save a copy or Save to save as original.
  10. Select an Image format.
  11. Finally, choose a suitable folder, enter a name for the image in the File name field, and click Save.
    Crop Image on Windows 11

In conclusion, Windows 11 offers a user-friendly platform to help you crop your image, allowing you to refine your visuals effortlessly. By utilizing the four methods outlined in this guide, you can harness the power of Windows 11 to crop images with precision and creativity.

Our methods will elevate the quality of your photos and designs. Whether you’re a casual user or a professional designer, these techniques empower you to achieve your cropping goals seamlessly on this modern operating system.

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