Insert pictures into a Visio diagram

Insert pictures into a Visio diagram

You can insert most types of image files into a Visio diagram. They appear as normal pictures but don’t have some features that Visio shapes have, like connection points (though you can still connect them to other shapes using a connector).

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Pictures or Online Pictures.

    When using pictures or clip art from Bing, you're responsible for respecting copyright, and the license filter in Bing can help you choose which images to use.

  2. Locate the picture you want to insert, click the picture file, and then click Open (if the picture is on your PC) or Insert (if the picture is online).

    Some files that you import into Visio drawings as graphic images appear as metafiles. However, bitmap files, such as .bmp, .jpg, .pcx, and so on, remain bitmaps in the Visio drawing.

Insert a picture from a graphics file

  1. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click From File.

  2. Locate the folder that contains the picture you want to insert, click the picture file, and then click Open.

    Tip:  You can also open graphics files from the File menu. On the File menu, click Open. In the Files of type list, click the graphics file format you want, and then locate the file. Click Open. Most files that you import into Visio drawings as graphic images appear as metafiles. However, bitmap files, such as .dib, .bmp, .pcx, and so on, remain bitmaps in the Visio drawing.

Insert a picture directly from a scanner or digital camera

  1. Set up the picture in the scanner or digital camera.

  2. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click From Scanner or Camera.

  3. If you have more than one scanner or camera attached to your computer, under Device select the one you want to use.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you're using a scanner and want to use default settings to scan your picture, click Web Quality (for on-screen drawings) or Print Quality (for printed drawings), and then click Insert.

      Note: The Insert button might be unavailable with some scanners because the scanner software doesn't support automatic scanning. In these cases, use the Custom Insert button instead.

    • If you're using a digital camera or if you want to change scanner settings, click Custom Insert. Follow the instructions for the camera or scanner you're using.

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