Microsoft 365 and Office 2021 let you adjust the opacity of a picture.

This is a subscriber-only feature This feature is available only in Office 2021 and to Microsoft 365 Subscribers for Windows desktop clients.

  1. Insert a picture in your document.

  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, select Transparency.

    The Transparency menu includes seven levels of opacity to choose from, plus a button that lets you choose a custom level of opacity.

    The menu shows thumbnail-sized versions of seven preset transparency options for your picture (0%, 15%, 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% or 95%).

  3. Select a preset option. The picture in the document immediately changes according to your selection.

  4. Alternately, you can choose Picture Transparency Options to customize the transparency level.

    Picture Transparency Options let you choose a custom level of opacity for a picture

    The Format Picture pane opens, and you can drag the Transparency slider rightward to decrease the opacity of the picture.

    Drag the Transparency slider rightward to adjust the degree of opacity for the picture


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Applies to

Change the opacity of a picture

PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, Word for Microsoft 365, Excel for Microsoft 365 
Find your Office version

PowerPoint 2021, Word 2021, Excel 2021

An alternative if you don't have this feature 

While earlier versions of Office for Windows don't have this Transparency feature, there is a workaround for picture transparency described in Make a picture transparent.

  1. Select the picture for which you want to change the transparency.

  2. Select the Picture Format tab, and then select Transparency .

    A gallery of preset transparency options for the picture appears.

  3. Select one of the preset options, or select Picture Transparency Options at the bottom for more detailed choices.

    The Format Picture pane opens on the right side.

  4. Under Picture Transparency, drag the transparency slider rightward to set the exact percentage of transparency you want, or set a percentage value in the box.

    The Transparency slider bar in the Format Picture pane

    You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0 (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

See Also

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