Insert SVG images and icons in Office 2016

Office 2016 on Windows now includes a handy way to include Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) files or some standard icons in your documents, workbooks, emails and presentations. The icons are from a standard library of SVG files that you can easily find on the Illustrations tab of the ribbon.

This feature is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

Insert an SVG file in Office 2016 for Windows

To insert an SVG file drag and drop the file from Windows File Explorer into your document, or follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to the Insert tab of the ribbon and under the Illustrations tab choose Icons

    The Illustrations group contains tools that let you add shapes, icons, SmartArt and more to your document
  2. In that gallery you'll find icons organized by categories like "People" or "Business". You can scroll up and down through the categories using the scroll bar at the right or jump right to the category you want by clicking the name of that category in the navigation pane at the left.

    You can choose an icon to insert from the Icon library in Office
  3. Choose the icon that you want to insert, then click the Insert button at the lower right.

Tip: You can insert multiple icons at the same time by clicking each of them before clicking Insert.
You can select multiple icons to insert by clicking each of them once.

If you'd like to watch Doug from Office demonstrate this feature, simply click on the helpful video to the right.

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A new kind of clip art

Office 365 doesn't have traditional clip art, but this Icons feature is a new kind of clip art: You get an online library of ready-made images that you can pivot, rotate, color, and resize (with no loss of image quality).

Insert an SVG file in Office on Android or Windows Mobile

To insert an SVG file in Office on Android, or Windows Mobile, simply insert it like any other picture. See Add pictures or videos to a file by using your mobile device for more information.

Don't see these features?

These features are only available to Office 365 subscribers on the latest version of Office 2016 for Windows. If you want to make sure you always have the latest and greatest features in Office, sign up for an Office 365 subscription.

If you already have an Office 365 subscription make sure you have the latest version installed. In your Office application click File > Account > Update Options > Update Now to make sure you have the latest version installed.

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