How to Create a Puzzle from a Photo in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is mostly used to create office documents, but you can use it for school and craft projects too. Making a jigsaw allows you to customize it exactly the way you want for a brainteaser, game or party. You can even share photos of your fun memories by using them as a background!
Share fun photos from your vacation in a customized puzzle.

When you’re done, simply print the jigsaw and cut out the pieces.

Adding a Photo for the Jigsaw Puzzle

Step 1. Create a new document in Microsoft Word and choose a page orientation.

To change the orientation to landscape, go to the “Page Layout” tab and “Page Setup” group. Click “Orientation” and “Landscape.”

Step 2. Click the “Insert” tab and select “Picture” from “Illustrations.” Find the photo you want to use as a background for your puzzle and double-click it within the Insert Picture dialog box.

Step 3. Select the photograph on your page. To resize it, rest your mouse on any of its corners. A resizer handle appears. Click and drag the resizer handle outward or inward to resize the image proportionately.

Step 4. Select the photo and press “Ctrl” and “E” to center it horizontally. To center the image vertically, click the Page Setup dialog box launcher under the “Page Layout” tab. Choose the “Layout” tab in the Page Setup dialog box and change “Vertical alignment” to “Center.” Click “OK.”

Adding the Puzzle Pieces

Step 1. Click the “Insert” tab and select “Clip Art” from “Illustrations.”

Step 2. Go to the “Clip Art” task pane that opens on the right. Type “puzzle” into the “Search for” box and click “Go.”

Step 3. Select the puzzle clipart that looks like this:

Use the built in puzzle clipart in Word to make a jigsaw.

Word adds the clipart to your page automatically once it’s selected.

Step 4. To shrink the clipart, grab any of its corners and push in the resizer handle.

Step 5. Select, copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) the clipart multiple times. Drag the pieces next to each other until they interlace.

Step 6. Hold down the “Shift” key as you select each set of puzzle pieces. Right-click on the selection. Select “Grouping” and “Group” from the fly-out menu to group the pieces together.

Group and ungroup jigsaw in Microsoft Word to move them more easily.

Step 7. Right-click on the selection and select “Format AutoShape” from the pop-up. The Format AutoShape dialog box opens.

Select the “Colors and Lines” tab and go to the “Fill” section. Change “Color” to “No Color.”

Go to the “Line” section to customize the outline for each puzzle piece. Select a color from “Color” to change the line color and select the line’s thickness from “Weight.” Click “OK.”

Remove the clipart's fill color to show the background on your page.

Step 8. To reorganize the jigsaw pieces, ungroup them by right-clicking and selecting “Grouping” and “Ungroup.” Then duplicate a puzzle piece and move it to its new location.

Select any piece you want to rotate and then turn the green, circular rotation handle that displays above the piece.

Step 9. You can manually draw lines on the edges to finish the jigsaw. To do that, click the “Insert” tab and select “Shapes” from the “Illustrations” group. Click the “Line” tool and draw the line you wish to add.

You can customize your puzzle's background in Microsoft Word.

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3 Responses to How to Create a Puzzle from a Photo in Microsoft Word

  1. Adrienne says:

    Wow Allyson, that is so cool. I had no idea you could do that in Word. I love that!!! I’m going to have to try that now. I can come up with some cool puzzle looking pictures with that.

    There you go again, teaching me something new. I love that! Thanks so much.

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    • allyson says:

      Oh, thanks, Adrienne. Although it takes some time, I truly do enjoy making puzzles from photos in Word. I’m glad to hear you’ll try it out.

      Take care and have a good one.

  2. Joe says:

    I can’t select multiple pictures in word! How do you do that? Even holding own shift and then cliking on the second picture doesn;t select it to allow grouping.

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