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Insert pictures

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  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select Insert > Pictures for a picture on your PC.

    • Select Insert > Online Pictures for a picture that's on the web.

    Tip: For a picture from your OneDrive, go to the drop-down list at the top left, and switch from Bing to OneDrive.
    Insert an online picture

  2. Select the picture you want, and then select Insert.

Resize or move pictures

  • To resize a picture, select the picture and drag a corner handle.

  • To wrap text around a picture, select the picture, and then select a wrapping option.

    Text wrapping menu next to a selected square shape

    Tip: Pick something other than In Line with Text, and you can move the picture around the page: select the picture and drag it.

What about EPS?

EPS files can no longer be inserted into Office documents. For details, see Support for EPS images has been turned off in Office.

Pictures make documents more engaging and easier to understand.

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

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 for the web 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.

You can easily insert pictures into your document, whether they are on your computer or on the Web.


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Click where you want to insert the picture in your document.

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Insert a picture that is stored on your computer

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Picture.

    Insert Picture

  2. Locate the picture that you want to insert. For example, you might have a picture file located in Documents.

  3. Double-click the picture that you want to insert.

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Insert clip art

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Clip Art.

    Insert Clip Art

  2. In the Clip Art task pane, in the Search for text box, type a word or phrase that describes the clip art that you want, or type in all or some of the file name of the clip art.

  3. Click Go, and then in the list of results, click the clip art to insert it into your document.

    When you search for clip art and pictures online, you'll be directed to Bing. You're responsible for respecting copyright, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use.

Next steps

To resize a picture, select the picture you've inserted in the document. To increase or decrease the size in one or more directions, drag a sizing handle away from or toward the center.

To learn more about adding pictures, drawings, and other graphical elements to your documents, see the following articles:

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