How to Invert the Colors of an Image in Microsoft Word

How to Invert the Colors of an Image in Microsoft Word
How to Invert the Colors of an Image in Microsoft Word

Both Microsoft Office Word 2013 and 2010 can only edit images in limited ways. Images in your documents can get different effects from the software, and you can also crop them and change their colors, brightness, and contrast. But it can’t turn the colors of an image around. To change the colors, you must use the Paint tool, which comes with all versions of Windows (8.1, 8, 7, and XP) If you do it right, the image will still be the same size and location after you switch the colors.

Step 1

Word 2013 or 2010 can be used to open the document that has the picture. To add an image to the document, click the “Insert” tab and then click the “Pictures” icon in the Illustrations group. Click “Insert” after you’ve chosen the picture.

Step 2

Click the image you want to change to select it, and then press “Ctrl-X” to copy it to the clipboard. The image is taken out of the document, and the insertion cursor takes its place. Don’t click anywhere in the document.

Step 3

Open the Start screen, type “Paint,” and then click “Paint” in the list of results to open the image editor. By default, a new image that is blank is made.

Step 4

To paste the picture from the clipboard into Paint, press “Ctrl-V.” You don’t need to use the Select tool because the image will be chosen for you.

Step 5

To change the colors of an image, right-click it and choose “Invert Color” from the menu that comes up. Paint comes with a set of tools that you can use to change your image even more.

Step 6

To copy the picture from Paint to the clipboard, press “Ctrl-C.” If you accidentally deselected the image, click “Select” in the Image group and then click “Select All” before you try to copy it.

Step 7

Return to the Word document and press “Ctrl-V” to paste the edited image right where the original image was. The size of the image is also kept. To save the changes, press “Ctrl-S.”