Add clip art to your file

Depending on which version of Office you have, you can use an Office library of clip art, or get clip art from the web.

In Office 2013 or Office 2016 there's no longer a clip art library, but Office still helps you insert clip art.

STEP 1:
Select Insert > Online Pictures

On the toolbar ribbon, select Insert, and then select Online Pictures

STEP 2:
Type a word or phrase to describe what you're looking for, then press Enter.

Type search terms that describe the clip art you want to find

STEP 3:
Filter the results by Type for Clipart.

Open the Type filter and choose Clipart

STEP 4:
Select a picture.

Select the thumbnail image of the picture you want to insert. A check mark appears at the top left corner.

STEP 5:
Select Insert.

Select the Insert button at the bottom right of the dialog box

That's it!

The image is inserted in your Office document.

Checkmark

(In Outlook, you won't see the Insert tab and Online Pictures icon until you've opened and clicked in the body of a new email message.)

Clip art and copyright

The licensing filter (Creative Commons only or All) can help you choose images that are appropriate for the use you have in mind. (Read about Creative Commons licenses here.)

When using pictures or clip art from Bing, you're responsible for respecting copyright, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use.

Free image library: the Pickit add-in

Another option is to install an Office add-in named Pickit that puts free, licensed clip art in Office.

Click a section title below to open it and read detailed instructions.

  1. Open the Office app you want to add Pickit it to (Word, PowerPoint, or Excel).

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Add-ins group, select Store.

    Use the Store button on the Insert tab of the Office ribbon to install Office add-ins

    The Office Add-ins dialog box opens.

  3. In the dialog box, use the Search box to look for Pickit Free Images.

  4. Click the Add button for Pickit Free Images.

  5. Close the Office Add-ins dialog box.

    Pickit may take a few moments to be "loaded" into the Office app. When it's done, a message appears at the bottom of your app window telling you so.

    At the far right end of the ribbon, on the Home tab, you'll see the circular pink Pickit icon:

    After you install the Pickit Free Image add-in, it appears at the far right end on Home tab of the Ribbon.

  1. On the Home tab of the Ribbon, in the Pickit section at the far right, select the Free Images button.

    The Pickit Free Images task panel opens on the right side of the application window.

  2. On the pink toolbar near the top, use the second tab, the Pickit market, to browse for images.

Pickit lets you browse images in several ways:

  • There's a search box (callout A in the picture) where you can type keywords such as flower, clipart, and business.

  • A set of featured collections (B) just below the Search box. The set includes a Clip Art Characters collection.

  • There are 25 collections (C) organized by Pickit.

  • There are numerous user collections (D) to browse.

  • There are 35 categories (E) of images (such animals and pets, cities and places, music and instruments, and transportation) you can choose from at the bottom of the task panel.

The Pickit Free Images task panel includes a Search box and collections for browsing

New kinds of clip art for Office 365

Office 365 doesn't have traditional clip art anymore, but subscribers get two fresh kinds of art in its place—icons and 3D models, available on the Insert tab of the ribbon, near where the Clip Art button used to be:

The buttons for Icons and 3D Models on the Insert tab of the toolbar ribbon in Office 365
Icons, or scalable vector graphics (SVG)

Icons are ready-made images that you can insert, pivot, rotate, color, and resize (with no loss of quality).

To read about icons, see Insert SVG images and icons.

3D illustrations

3D illustrations look alive and can be rotated to any position you like.

To read about these 3D images, see Get creative with 3D models.

  1. On the Insert tab of the toolbar ribbon, in the Images section, select Clip Art.

    The Clip Art task panel appears on the right side of the application window.

    Note: In Outlook, you will not see the Insert tab and Clip Art icon until you've opened and clicked in the body of a new email message.

  2. In the Search for box, type keywords that describe the art you're looking for.

  3. Under Results should be, select the types of media you want included in the search results:

    In the Results Should Be box, select the types of media you want included in the search results
  4. Ensure that Include Bing content is selected if you're connected to the internet and want images from the web included in your search results. *

    Turning on the Include Bing Content option gives you more search results to choose from.

    Turning on this option gives you more search results to choose from. (Otherwise, leave that box cleared, and you'll only receive search results from the pictures installed on your computer by Office 2010.)

  5. Select Go to start the search.

    The search results are shown in the task panel.

    • You can scroll vertically if the results don't all fit in the task pane.

    • To see a larger version of a thumbnail image in the result list, or to simply see the image if all that is shown is a small red x placeholder, right-click the thumbnail and select Preview/Properties.

      Use the Preview/Properties command to see a larger version of the image and more details about the picture.

      While you're in the Preview/Properties window, you can browse through the images by selecting Previous and Next.

      Browse through the images by selecting the Previous and Next buttons in the Preview/Properties dialog box.
  6. To insert a picture in your document, right-click the thumbnail image in the task panel, and select Insert.

    To insert a picture, right-click a thumbnail image and select Insert.

    Once the image is inserted, you can adjust its placement by selecting it and dragging with the mouse.

When you search for clip art and pictures online, you'll be directed to Bing. You're responsible for respecting copyright, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use.

* Bing Image Search filters are based on the highly respected Creative Commons license system. To better understand the licensing options, see Filter images by license type. You're responsible for respecting the rights of others' property, including copyright.

  1. On the Insert tab of the toolbar ribbon, in the Images section, select Clip Art.

    The Clip Art task panel appears on the right side of the application window.

  2. Open the Search in list to choose where you want to search*:

    • My Collections   Personal collections you've set aside in Clip Organizer

    • Office Collections   Image collections installed with Office 2007

    • Web collections   

  3. In the Search for box, type keywords that describe the art you're looking for.

  4. Under Results should be, select the types of media you want included in the search results:

    In the Results Should Be box, select the types of media you want included in the search results
  5. Select Go to start the search.

    The search results are shown in the task panel.

    • You can scroll vertically if the results don't all fit in the task pane.

    • To see a larger version of a thumbnail image in the result list, or to simply see the image if all that is shown is a small red x placeholder, right-click the thumbnail and select Preview/Properties.

      Use the Preview/Properties command to see a larger version of the image and more details about the picture.

      While you're in the Preview/Properties window, you can browse through the images by selecting Previous and Next:

      Browse through the images by selecting the Previous and Next buttons in the Preview/Properties dialog box.
  6. To insert a picture in your document, right-click the thumbnail image in the task panel, and select Insert.

    To insert a picture, right-click a thumbnail image and select Insert.

    Once the image is inserted, you can adjust its placement by selecting it and dragging with the mouse.

When you search for clip art and pictures online, you'll be directed to Bing. You're responsible for respecting copyright, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use.

* Bing Image Search filters are based on the highly respected Creative Commons license system. To better understand the licensing options, see Filter images by license type. You're responsible for respecting the rights of others' property, including copyright.

Holidays

Are you making something for the holiday season with Office? See Create Christmas and Holiday cards, labels and more with Office for ideas.

Voice clips instead of clip art

Looking for information about adding an audio clip to a slide? See Add or delete audio in your PowerPoint presentation.

Feedback

If an online clip art library is a feature you'd like to see brought back to Office, please send us your feedback.

Contributors: Roger Haight

See Also

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