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Insert a picture in PowerPoint

When you want to make your PowerPoint presentation more interesting, you can insert pictures, photos, clip art, or other images to your slide show from your computer or from the Internet.

You can add single or multiple images onto a slide, the slide master, or to the background.

Insert a picture from your computer on your slide

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture on the slide.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Images group, click Pictures.

    On the Insert tab, click Pictures.
  3. In the dialog box that opens, browse to the picture that you want to insert, click that picture, and then click Insert.

    Tip: If you want to insert multiple pictures at the same time, press and hold the Ctrl key while you select all the pictures you want to insert.

Insert a picture from the web on your slide

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture on the slide.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Images group, click Online Pictures.

    On the Insert tab, click Online Pictures.
  3. (PowerPoint 2016) Ensure Bing is showing on the left in the drop-down list of sources to search. In the box, type what you are searching for, and press Enter.

    (PowerPoint 2013) In the Bing Image Search box, type what you are searching for, and press Enter.

    Use the Size, Type, Color, Layout, and licensing filters to adjust the results according to your preferences.

  4. Click the picture you want to insert, and click Insert.

    Tip: If you want to insert multiple pictures at the same time, press and hold the Ctrl key while you select all the pictures you want to insert.

    Tip: After you insert a picture, you can change its size and position. To do so, right-click the picture, and click Format Picture. You can then use the Format Picture tools that are on the right of your slide.

Insert clip art

Unlike some earlier versions of PowerPoint, PowerPoint 2013 and later do not have a clip art gallery. Instead, use Insert > Online Pictures to find and insert clip art using the Bing search tool.

On the Insert tab, click Online Pictures.

For example, after you select Online Pictures, you might search for horse clip art and see a variety of images under a Creative Commons license.

Searching for “horse clip art” gives you a variety of images under a Creative Commons license.

Important: You are responsible for respecting copyright law, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use. Learn more at Add clip art to your file.

Insert a picture into the slide master

If you want a picture to appear on every slide of a specific type in your PowerPoint template, add it to the slide master. To learn more, see What is a Slide Master?

Insert a picture into the background

If you want a picture to appear as background without affecting all slides in a Master, change the background settings for the slide. Learn more at Add a picture as a slide background.

Insert a picture from your computer on a slide

  1. Select the slide where you want to insert an image.

  2. On the Insert tab, select Picture.

    The Insert Picture button
  3. Browse to the picture you want to insert, select it, and then click Open.

    After the picture is on your slide, you can resize it and move it wherever you want.

Insert a picture from OneDrive for Business on a slide

Office 365 business subscribers can insert pictures stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online.

  1. Select the slide where you want to insert an image.

  2. On the Insert tab, select Online Pictures > Pictures from OneDrive.

    The Online Pictures drop-down menu
  3. Browse to the picture you want to insert, select it, and then click Open.

    After the picture is on your slide, you can resize it and move it wherever you want.

Insert a picture from the web on your slide

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture on the slide.

  2. On the Insert tab, select Online Pictures > Pictures from Bing.

    The Online Pictures drop-down menu
  3. In the Search box at the top, type what you are searching for, and then press Enter.

    After the search results are shown, you may use the Size, Type, Color, Layout, and licensing filters to adjust the results according to your preferences.

  4. Click to select the picture you want, and then click Insert.

    After the picture is on your slide, you can resize it and move it wherever you want.

Add style and formatting to a picture

When you insert a picture, PowerPoint Online places the picture on your slide and puts a Format tab on the ribbon.

The Format tab has a Picture Styles gallery

  1. With the picture selected, click the Format tab.

  2. Choose the Picture Styles options that you want to apply to the picture.

    Click the down arrow at the right end of the gallery, as illustrated above, to see the complete gallery of style options.

Use a background picture

See Change the background of your slides.

See Also

Add clip art to your file

Create and share a photo album

Add a picture as slide background

Create and save a PowerPoint template

What is a slide master?

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