If you have an image in your clipboard (from a screen capture tool, for example) and paste it into Word or an Outlook email, it looks fine. However if you then apply a border style to it from one of the default Picture Styles in the (Picture Tools) Format ribbon, it suddenly gets blurry. Similar problems have been reported on various forums here and elsewhere. The usual suggestion is to:

  1. Reset the default size, or
  2. Turn Off Picture Compression.

But these suggestions overlook the facts that :

  1. I want to resize it (and can resize an un-bordered picture without blurriness).
  2. Picture compression cannot be set in Outlook. (And it doesn't resolve the problem in Word anyway.)

Is there any other way to fix this problem?


So, I just noticed that not all of the Picture Styles cause the blurriness problem. The first two default ones in the Styles ribbon do, but some of the others work fine. It just took a little sleuthing to figure out that the real problem is 3-D Format.

So the solution is fairly straight-forward: Open the Format Picture task pane, navigate to the 3-D Format section and click the "Reset" button. And -POOF- the problem disappears.enter image description here

  • "Open the Format Picture task pane" == Right click on image? – Hannu Nov 29 '18 at 17:05
  • @Hannu: yes, or you can also click the little "pop-out" button at the bottom-right corner of the Picture Styles ribbon tab. – kmote Nov 29 '18 at 17:30

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