Inserting Pictures in Powerpoint Slides

Adding pictures can make your presentations more interesting and engaging. You can insert a picture from a file on your computer onto any slide. PowerPoint even includes tools for finding online pictures and adding screenshots to your presentation.

To insert a picture from a file:

Select the Insert tab, then click the Pictures command in the Images group.

A dialog box will appear. Locate and select the desired image file, then click Insert.

The picture will appear on the currently selected slide.

You can also click the Pictures command in a placeholder to insert images.

Inserting online pictures:

If you don’t have the picture you want on your computer, you can find a picture online to add to your presentation. PowerPoint offers two options for finding online pictures.

OneDrive: You can insert an image stored on your OneDrive. You can also link other online accounts with your Microsoft account, such as Facebook or Flickr.

Bing Image Search: You can use this option to search the Internet for images. By default, Bing only shows images that are licensed under Creative Commons, which means you can use them for your own projects. However, you should go to the image’s website to see if there are any restrictions on how it can be used.

To insert an online picture:

Select the Insert tab, then click the Online Pictures command.

The Insert Pictures dialog box will appear.

Choose Bing Image Search or your OneDrive. In our example, we’ll use Bing Image Search.

Press the Enter key. Your search results will appear in the dialog box.

Select the desired image, then click Insert.

The image will appear on the currently selected slide.

You can also click the Online Pictures command in a placeholder to insert online images.

When adding images, videos, and music to your own projects, it’s important to make sure you have the legal right to use them. Most things you buy or download online are protected by copyright, which means you may not be allowed to use them. For more information, visit our Copyright and Fair Use lesson.

Moving and resizing pictures

Once you’ve inserted a picture, you may want to move it to a different location on the slide or change its size. PowerPoint makes it easy to arrange pictures in your presentation.

To select a picture:

Before you can modify a picture, you’ll need to select it.

Simply click to select a picture. A solid line will appear around a selected picture.

To resize a picture:

Click and drag the corner sizing handles until the picture is the desired size.

The corner sizing handles will resize a picture while preserving its original aspect ratio. If you use the side sizing handles, the image will become distorted.

To rotate a picture:

Click and drag the arrow above an image to rotate it right or left.

Hold the Shift key on your keyboard when rotating an image to snap it to angles in 15-degree increments.

To move a picture:

Click and drag to move a picture to a new location on a slide.

To delete a picture:

Select the picture you want to delete, then press the Backspace or Delete key on your keyboard.
You can access even more picture formatting options from the Format tab. We’ll talk more about these options in our lesson on Formatting Pictures.

Inserting screenshots

Screenshots are basically snapshots of your computer screen. You can take a screenshot of almost any program, website, or open window. PowerPoint makes it easy to insert a screenshot of an entire window or a screen clipping of part of a window in your presentation.

To insert screenshots of a window:

Select the Insert tab, then click the Screenshot command in the Images group.

The Available Windows from your desktop will appear. Select the window you want to capture as a screenshot.

The screenshot will appear on the currently selected slide.

To insert a screen clipping:

Select the Insert tab, click the Screenshot command, then select Screen Clipping.

A view of other open windows will appear. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture as a screen clipping.

The screen clipping will appear on the currently selected slide.

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