Add online pictures or clip art to your file

Contributors: Roger Haight

Office no longer provides clip art in its apps, but it helps you search online for pictures to insert in your files. On the Insert tab of the Ribbon, you can use the Clip Art or Online Pictures button.

User the Insert tab of the Ribbon in Office to insert Online Pictures, formerly known as Clip Art.
  1. Go to Bing Image Search and enter the type of image you're looking for. Add clip art to your search term.

    Query entered into Bing Image Search box
  2. When the image results appear, click Filter near the right margin of the window, and then click License to open the menu of license options. Select the licensing option you want, such as Public Domain or any of the Free options. (If you don't see the License filter, make sure you're using a supported browser.)

    Click the Filter button at the right margin of the window and then click the menu for the License filter.
  3. Save a copy of the image by right-clicking it and choosing the Save command that your browser uses.

  4. In your Office app, go to Insert > Picture and find the image you just saved from Bing.

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. The licensing options in step 3 help you determine which pictures are appropriate to use.

Some sites where you can find clip art

There are web sites that offer illustrations or photos that are free to use. Three such sites are:

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. Choose Bing Image Search, and type a search term in the Search box to see images from Bing.

    Screnshot of the dialog box where you can add clip art in Office apps.

    You can filter search results to CC (Creative Commons) Only (learn more here) or you can choose to see all images. If you choose All Images, your search results will expand to show all Bing images. You're responsible for respecting the rights of others' property, including copyright. To better understand the licensing options, see Filter images by license type.

    If you see an inappropriate image, move your mouse pointer over it, click the Report Image Screenshot of the Report Image icon. icon that appears, and report the image as inappropriate.

  3. Select an image and choose Insert.

Some sites where you can find clip art

There are web sites that offer illustrations or photos that are free to use. Three such sites are:

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