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Insert icons in Microsoft Office

Insert icons in Microsoft Office

Tell your story visually with icons and Scalable Vector Graphics

Easily insert icons and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) files into your Microsoft Office documents, workbooks, emails and presentations. Once they're in place, rotate, color, and resize them with no loss of image quality.

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Insert an icon

  1. Select Insert > Icons.

    The Illustrations group contains tools that let you add shapes, icons, SmartArt and more to your document

    Question mark indicates help content Don't see this feature? Inserting icons and SVG files are only available to Office 365 subscribers.

  2. Scroll through the icons or jump to a category by clicking the name in the navigation pane at the left.

    You can choose an icon to insert from the Icon library in Office
  3. Choose an icon and then click Insert at the lower right.

    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.

  4. Rotate, color, and resize your icon by following the instructions here.

    Tip: Want to quickly change the color of your icon? Right-click your icon, choose Fill, and select the color you want.

Insert Icons on Visio

The process to insert icons on Visio is slightly different. Here you need to go to the Shapes menu, choose Basic Shapes, and then Icons. From there you'll be able to select one of the categories of icons and choose the icons you want to insert into your diagram. 

Insert SVG files

SVG stands for scalable vector graphic file, which means you can rotate, color, and resize the file without losing image quality. Office apps, including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel, support inserting and editing SVG files.

  • Insert an SVG file in Office for Windows: Drag and drop the file from Windows File Explorer into your document.

  • Insert an SVG file in Office for Mac: Go to Insert > Pictures > Picture from file to insert your SVG images.

  • Insert an SVG file in Office on Android or Windows Mobile: See Add pictures or videos to a file by using your mobile device for more information.

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