Insert a picture

You can insert pictures and clip art into Excel worksheets, email messages, PowerPoint presentations, Publisher publications, and Word documents. The pictures and clip art can live on your computer or the web.

The steps in this article apply to Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.

What do you want to do?


Insert a picture stored on your computer

  1. Click where you want to place your image. If you're in Outlook, click in the body of a message.
  2. Click Insert, and then click Pictures on My PC.
  3. Use the Insert Picture dialog box to locate your picture or clip art, and then click Insert.

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Insert a picture from the web

  1. Click where you want to place your image. If you're in Outlook, click in the body of a message.
  2. Click Insert, and then click Online Pictures.
  3. To find clip art on Office.com, enter a search term, such as "butterflies" or "guitars," in the Search Office.com box and press Enter.
  4. To find images on the web, enter a search term in the Search Bing box and press Enter.

 Tip   You can also copy and paste an image from a Web page. On the page, right-click the picture and click Copy on the shortcut menu. In your file, right-click where you want to insert the picture, and then click Paste.

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Resize a picture

  1. Click the image and drag a sizing handle away from or toward the center, while you do one of the following:
    • To keep the center of an image in the same location, press and hold Ctrl while you drag the sizing handle. To do this in Word, Live Layout should be turned off. (File > Options > General, and clear the Update document content while dragging check box.)
    • To maintain the image's proportions, press and hold Shift while you drag the sizing handle.
    • To maintain the image's proportions and keep its center in the same location, press and hold Ctrl+Shift while you drag the sizing handle.

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Apply a style to a picture

You can apply a picture style—a combination of formatting options—to make your image stand out. You find the styles in the Picture Styles gallery on the Format tab. When you hover over a style, your image changes to show you how the style will look.

  1. Click the image you want to apply a picture style to.
  2. On the Format tab, click a Picture Style.

PowerPoint Ribbon Image

If you don't see the Format tab, make sure you've selected the image.

To see more Picture Styles, click the More button Button image.

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Use a picture as a slide background

Applies only to PowerPoint

  1. Click the slide you want to change, click Design, and then click Format Background.

To select multiple slides, click the first slide, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other slides.

  1. In the Format Background pane, under Fill, click Picture or texture fill.
  2. To use a picture stored on your computer, click File, use the Insert File dialog box to locate your image, and then click Insert.
  3. To use an image from the web, click Online and do one of the following:
  • To find clip art on Office.com, enter a search term, such as "butterflies" or "guitars," in the Search Office.com box and press Enter.
  • To find images on the web, enter a search term in the Search Bing box and press Enter, then click the image you want to use and click Insert.
  1. If you want to, drag the Transparency slider to make the background more or less transparent.
  2. If you want to, click Tile picture as texture, and then use the various "offset" controls to move the image left, right, up, or down.

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Notes

 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013