How to Fix Windows Photos Crop Not Saving Changes

Read here how to quickly fix the issue where Windows Photos does not save crop changes made when editing pictures.

There is a long-time bug in Windows 10/11 where Windows Photos crop is not saving changes after editing images. So far, Microsoft didn’t release any official fixes, but there is something we can do about it.

Due to a bug, Windows Photos won’t save crop changes unless you crop both the horizontal and vertical axes of the image. So, to save your picture, make sure to crop at least a few tiny pixels on both axes.

This is the best workaround found so far. But if this didn’t work for you, other workarounds are still proven to work.

(If Windows Photo Viewer applies a yellow tint to pictures, read the article I’ve written about. You can fix it in a few seconds.)

How to Fix Can‘t Save Cropped Images in Windows Photos

Another way to save cropped photos is to crop your image, flip it horizontally or vertically, and then save it.

Open the saved file, flip it back, and save it again.

  1. Open an image in Windows Photos, then click on the Edit Image icon:
  2. Now click on the Crop Icon, then crop the image as you want:
  3. Now on the lower-right corner, click on the Flip the image horizontally icon:
  4. Save the image.
  5. Open the saved image, click on the Edit Image icon and then flip horizontally:
  6. Save the image.

This workaround will also allow you to fix this issue. Another alternative way to fix this issue is to crop the image to one of the preset ratios and switch back to custom cropping.

If you are fed up with Windows Photo bugs, you can try third-party software like IrfanView; many users claim IrfanView is the best photo viewer for Windows.


Windows still didn’t release an update to fix this bug where Windows Photos won’t save crop changes, but there are a few workarounds you can do to save your cropped images.

The main one is to crop both the horizontal and vertical axes of a picture. If you don’t plan to crop one of the axes, crop a few tiny pixels, which will be enough for you to save the image.

Another workaround is to crop the image, flip it horizontally, and save it. Then flip it back and save it again.

If you want to learn how to add text and arrows to your picture, check the article I’ve written about it.

If your Micro SD card is not showing in Windows, read my article on it to know how to fix this issue.

Laerthe Côrtes

Laerthe Côrtes

My first desktop computer, back in the 1990s, opened a whole new world for me; since then I am a heavy PC user (who will never get used to smartphones.) I worked for five years in the PC software industry, and my favorite version of Windows is still Windows 95.

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