Removing the background from a picture in Office

Today’s tip is an advanced one so sit back and get ready for a lot of screen shots!  We will use Word 2010 for the example of removing the background from a picture. This also works in other Office apps.

The first step is to have your Word document open and select the picture with your left mouse button.

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With the picture highlighted, the Picture Tools tab should be visible and in the Adjust group is the “Remove Background” button.

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Word tries to select what is the background, but as you can see, it may not have done a great job.

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First step is to take the square highlight and resize it so that it includes what you want to keep, but excludes as much as possible, like below.

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Now it is almost perfect, but see the arrow above? There is a background spot that is peaking through.

If you look at the ribbon, it has changed to a special Background Removal tab. There are two buttons that allow you to mark spots on the image to change. One marks areas to keep and one marks areas to remove.

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I clicked the “Mark Areas to Remove and clicked on the little background spot and it went away! Notice the small minus symbol on the picture. If I changed my mind or it wasn’t right, I could delete the mark.

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Once you are happy, click the “Keep Changes” button and be amazed with your new image!

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