Add online pictures or clip art to your file

In Office 2013 and Office 2016, use the Online Pictures button The Online Pictures button on the Insert tab of the ribbon in Office 2016 to find images on the web. Or use an app called Pickit to select clip art and other pictures.

In Office 2010 and Office 2007, use the Clip Art button The Clip Art button on the Insert tab of the ribbon in Office 2010 to find the image you want.

In Office 2013 and Office 2016, there's no longer a built-in clip art library. But you can install an Office add-in named Pickit that puts free, licensed clip art in Office, or you can find pictures online.

Clip art: a blue butterfly

Free image library: the Pickit add-in

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

Get images from the web

In Office 2013 and Office 2016, the Online Pictures button helps you search for both illustrations and photos:

  1. Choose Insert > Online Pictures in any Office app.

    Screenshot of how to add online pictures into Office apps.
  2. Enter words in the Search box and then press Enter. If you only want a particular type of image (such as clip art or photo), include that term in the Search box.

    The Online Pictures dialog box in Office 2016

    Several filters (Size, Type, Color, Layout, Creative Commons/All*) appear just below the search box to help you narrow your selection of results.

  3. Select an image and choose Insert.

  4. Select the pasted image and drag with your mouse to move it to the position you want.

  5. If necessary, use the sizing handles on the border of the image to change its size.

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

You're responsible for respecting the rights of others' property, including copyright. To better understand the licensing options, see Filter images by license type.

Here are some web sites that offer illustrations or photos that are free to use:

You can use any search site you like to find clip art or images to insert in your Office document. The basic process is approximately this:

  1. In your web browser, go to the search site, type appropriate keywords to search on, and press Enter. Then examine the results that are returned to you.

  2. When you find a satisfactory image, right-click it and select a command that is something like Copy image.

  3. Switch to your Office document and press Ctrl+V to paste the image in place.

    How you lay out the image in precisely the right place depends on the Office app you're using. Often, clicking and dragging is enough, but Word has extra fine-tuning features. For details, see Use Word Layout Options to move pictures.

Insert Office clip art

  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. 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.

Insert a picture from the web

You can also find images on the web by switching to your web browser and going to any search engine, such as Bing.

  1. Search for the kind of image you want.

  2. Once you've selected an image, right-click it and choose the Copy command.

  3. Switch back to your Office document and press Ctrl+V to paste the image.

  4. Select the pasted image and drag with your mouse to move it to the position you want.

  5. If necessary, use the sizing handles on the border of the image to change its size.

* 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.

Insert Office clip art

  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.

Insert a picture from the web

You can also find images on the web: Switch to your web browser and go to any search engine, such as Bing.

  1. Search for the kind of image you want.

  2. Once you've selected an image, right-click it and choose the Copy command.

  3. Switch back to your Office document and press Ctrl+V to paste the image.

  4. Select the pasted image and drag with your mouse to move it to the position you want.

  5. If necessary, use the sizing handles on the border of the image to change its size.

* 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.

Office 365 doesn't have traditional clip art anymore, but subscribers get two fresh kinds of art in its place: icons and 3D models:

Icons, or scalable vector graphics (SVG)

Icons   Office 365 has an online library of 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 models   Office 365 apps connect you to an online library of ready-to-use 3D images. You can use or revise any image you find there.

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

New kinds of clip art in Office 365: icons and 3D images

In Office 365, subscribers have two new kinds of "clip art" to choose from: 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

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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