Word 2010: Background Removal

Word 2010: Background Removal

December 13, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


Word 2010 has a great feature called Background
Removal, which can automatically remove parts of the picture that you don’t want. This can give your pictures a cleaner appearance,
and if it’s a document you’re going to be printing, it can also save ink. To get started, click on the picture, and
then go to the Format tab. Then, select the Remove Background command. And don’t worry if it doesn’t look good yet
because we’re going to adjust it. The first thing you should do is drag these
selection handles so that the foreground areas of the picture are all inside the box. Once you do that, Word will automatically
readjust the image. Right now, the background areas are marked
with kind of a magenta or purple color, but when we’re done, those areas will be removed
completely. With some pictures, Word needs a little bit
of help deciding which areas to remove and which areas to keep. In this picture, there are a couple of problems. The woman’s hand and the girl’s fingers are
marked as background, so we need to tell Word to keep those areas in the picture. Click Mark Areas to Keep and then click and
drag to create a line somewhere in the middle of this area, and Word will readjust the picture. But now it’s including part of the background
as well, so we need to mark this area to remove. That looks better. Go through the image and add markings wherever
they’re needed, and if you make a mistake, just click Delete Mark and then click on the
mark and it will disappear. It looks like our foreground subjects are
good, and the entire background is magenta, so the last step is just to click Keep Changes. And that’s it! Since the background has been
cut out, anything that’s behind this picture will now show through, so if you want, you
can give it a new background by putting a shape or picture behind it. And at any time, if you see something that
you’ve missed, you can always edit the picture again by clicking on it and going back to
the background removal tool.