How to Change a Picture to Black and White in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is not a graphic design program, but there are some basic tools to deal with pictures. As soon as you insert an image to your Word document, a special toolbar appears in front of you. The bar has all the important tools to adjust or change the image.

Microsoft Word is typically used for making different documents. And the same program helps the user print the documents easily. It is never a good idea to take a coloured print of a picture, especially when you don’t need it.

Everybody knows that the coloured ink of a printer is way expensive than the black one. Plus, it takes plenty of time to get a coloured print of a picture. In order to save time and money, the user should always change the picture to Black and White. It requires only a few clicks.


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    First of all, open a new or existing Word document. If the picture is not already embedded in the file, you need to insert it. For this, click the ‘Insert’ tab and then choose ‘Picture’.

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    A new window will appear in front of you, asking you to browse the picture that you want to insert to the document. After reaching the location, double-click on the picture to add it to the Word page. You will now find a new pink tab right at the top of the screen.

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    Now you are supposed to select the picture. A simple click on the face of the picture will do this for you. A border will start appearing all around the picture, once it is selected. It is the time to click the pink ‘Picture Tools’ tab.  After that, you are required to push the ‘Recolor’ button that you will see on the left side of the pink ribbon.

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    The final step is to just choose the ‘Black and White’ option. This will turn the image colourless. Quickly save the document in order to avoid any data loss. Now you can easily print the image in black and white.

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    For more clarity, you can choose “grayscale” option. Grayscale is also black and white image, but with more sharpness. The digital designers always use this colour. Microsoft Word also offers this option, and you will find the ‘grayscale’ option right under the ‘Black and White’.

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