Insert a picture in Word Online

Pictures make documents more engaging and easier to understand.

Tip: To add pictures in Word Online, first switch to Editing View by clicking Edit Document > Edit in Word Online.

Edit in Word Online

Insert a picture

Do one of the following:

  • Insert a picture from my computer: On the Insert tab, click Picture, browse to, and select the picture you want, and click Open.

  • Insert a picture from the web: On the Insert tab, click Online Pictures, and in the Search Bing box, type a word that describes the picture you're looking for, such as 'cat'.

    Enter a description of the picture you're looking for.

Tip: You can also insert a picture by copying it (Ctrl + C), and pasting it (Ctrl + V) where you want.

Add style and formatting to a picture

When you insert a picture, Word Online places the picture in your document and displays the Picture Tools ribbon with the Format tab.

On the Picture Tools Format tab

Tip:  To open the Picture Tools ribbon anytime you’re in Editing View, select the picture.

  • To change the picture’s size or style or to add alt text, on the Format tab.

    Image of the Format options on the Picture Tools ribbon

  • Choose the style options that you want to apply to the picture.

Note: If you have Word 2013 or 2016 for Windows, you can do much more to fine-tune a picture: compress it, crop it, remove the background, apply artistic effects, control its position on the page, put it in front of or behind the text, trim it to a specific size, and control how text wraps around it. Click Open in Word to get started.

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