Add Clip Art and Pictures to PowerPoint Slides

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Pictures and clip art add meaning and visual interest to PowerPoint presentations. When you want to give your audience something to think about, add an image that helps tell your story. Choose your own pictures or search the web for images licensed under Creative Commons.

Note: Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, PowerPoint Online, PowerPoint for Office 365, and PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac.

Add Clip Art and Pictures Using a Content Slide

PowerPoint offers several ways to add clip art and pictures to a presentation. Perhaps the easiest way to do so is to select a Slide Layout that contains a placeholder for content such as clip art and pictures.

  1. Select the slide you want the new slide with a picture to follow.

  2. Select Home.

  3. Select the New Slide down arrow.

  4. Choose a slide type containing content. For example, select the Title and Content layout or the Picture with Caption layout.

  5. Select the Pictures icon on the slide to add an image from your computer. The icon looks like a picture with a computer monitor in front of it.

    A screenshot of blank PowerPoint template.
  6. In the Insert Picture dialog box, browse to find the picture you want to add and select Insert.

  7. Select the Online Pictures icon to add clip art or another graphic not on your computer. This icon looks like a picture with a globe in front of it.

  8. In the Online Pictures dialog box, enter a word or phrase that describes the image you want and press Enter.

    A screenshot of the image picker in PowerPoint.

    Check the license requirements for each image that you download. Some Creative Commons images require that you add a photo credit along with the image.

  9. Choose the picture you want to use and select Insert.

Add Clip Art and Pictures from the Ribbon

You can also add any type of picture or clip art to a slide from the Insert tab.

  1. Select the slide on which you want to add a picture.

  2. Select Insert.

  3. Select Pictures to add an image from your computer.

    A screenshot of adding a picture from your computer to a PowerPoint slide
  4. In the Insert Pictures dialog box, browse to find the picture you want to add and select Insert.

  5. Select Online Pictures to search online for clip art or another graphic not on your computer.

    A screenshot of searching online for pictures to add to PowerPoint.
  6. In the Online Pictures dialog box, enter a word or phrase that describes the image you want and press Enter.

  7. Choose the picture you want to use and select Insert.

Resize Pictures in PowerPoint

Pictures come in different sizes. Some will be larger than your slide while others will be smaller. Either way, you may need to resize the image you want to include in your presentation.

When you select an image, white circles appear around the edges of the image. These are called sizing handles (or selection handles). Drag one of these handles to enlarge or shrink your picture.

A screenshot of how to resize an image in PowerPoint.

The best way to resize a picture is to use the sizing handles located on corners of the picture, rather than the ones at top or sides of the picture. Use the corner handles to keep your image in proportion as you resize it. If you don't maintain your image's proportion, it may look distorted or fuzzy in your presentation.

Alternatively, use the tools in the Size group of the Picture Tools Format tab. Select the picture to activate the Picture Tools tab.

If the slide is not quite in the right location, hover near the middle of the slide. The pointer turns into a four-headed arrow. This is a Move arrow for graphic objects. Drag the picture to the correct location.