How To Stop WordPress Cropping Images

By default, WordPress automatically crops images that you upload to fit into predefined dimensions. While this feature can be handy for maintaining a consistent look and feel on your site, it can also be frustrating when you want to display the full, uncropped version of an image. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to stop WordPress from cropping images, giving you full control over how your images are displayed.

Method 1: Disable Image Cropping in the Theme Customizer

Most WordPress themes come with built-in options to control image cropping. To access these options, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Go to Appearance > Customize to open the Theme Customizer.
  3. Look for an option related to image cropping, usually found under settings like “Image Sizes,” “Media Settings,” or “Thumbnail Settings.”
  4. Disable the image cropping option, usually by unchecking a box or selecting “no cropping” from a dropdown menu.
  5. Click Publish to save your changes.

Note that the exact settings and options might vary depending on your theme. If you can’t find an option to disable image cropping, consider reaching out to the theme developer for assistance.

Method 2: Change Image Size Settings in WordPress

Another way to stop WordPress from cropping images is by changing the default image size settings. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Go to Settings > Media.
  3. Here, you’ll see three default image sizes: Thumbnail, Medium, and Large. For each of these sizes, set the width and height to 0. This will ensure that WordPress doesn’t crop images to fit these dimensions.
  4. Click Save Changes to update your settings.

After making these changes, new images you upload will not be cropped, but existing images will still be cropped. To regenerate your existing images without cropping, you can use a plugin like Regenerate Thumbnails.

Method 3: Modify the Theme’s Functions.php File

If you’re comfortable with coding, you can directly modify your theme’s functions.php file to stop WordPress from cropping images. Follow these steps:

  1. Access your WordPress files using an FTP client, or through your web hosting control panel’s file manager.
  2. Navigate to the /wp-content/themes/your-theme directory, where “your-theme” is the name of your active theme.
  3. Open the functions.php file for editing.
  4. Add the following code at the end of the file:
    function stop_image_cropping( $sizes ) {
        foreach ( $sizes as $size => $size_data ) {
            $sizes[ $size ]['crop'] = false;
        return $sizes;
    add_filter( 'intermediate_image_sizes_advanced', 'stop_image_cropping' );
  1. Save and upload the modified functions.php file back to your server.

This code will disable image cropping for all default and custom image sizes defined by your theme. Note that modifying your theme’s files directly can be risky, so make sure to create a backup before making any changes. If you’re not comfortable editing code, consider using one of the other methods mentioned above.


In conclusion, there are several ways to stop WordPress from cropping images. You can disable image cropping through your theme’s customizer settings, change the default image size settings in WordPress, or modify your theme’s functions.php file. Whichever method you choose, make sure to create backups of your site before making any changes, and test your site thoroughly afterward to ensure everything is working as expected.