Inserting Pictures

Using pictures in PowerPoint can enhance visual appeal. Learn about the PowerPoint inserting pictures features in this free lesson.

Inserting online pictures

If you don't have the picture you want on your computer, you can find a picture online to add to your presentation. PowerPoint offers two options for finding online pictures:

Previously, you also had the option to insert clip art images from Office.com, but this service has been discontinued. Instead, you can use Bing Image Search to find images for your presentation.

To insert an online picture:

  1. Select the Insert tab, then click the Online Pictures command.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Online Pictures command
  2. The Insert Pictures dialog box will appear.
  3. Choose Bing Image Search or your OneDrive. In our example, we'll use Bing Image Search.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Typing a search term
  4. Press the Enter key. Your search results will appear in the dialog box.
  5. Select the desired image, then click Insert.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Inserting an online picture
  6. The image will appear on the currently selected slide.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The inserted picture

You can also click the Online Pictures command in a placeholder to insert online images.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Inserting an online picture from a content placeholder

When adding images, videos, and music to your own projects, it's important to make sure you have the legal right to use them. Most things you buy or download online are protected by copyright, which means you may not be allowed to use them. For more information, visit our Copyright and Fair Use lesson.