One of the most useful functions of PowerPoint is the ability to add pictures to your presentation to maximize its overall appearance. PowerPoint provides you with hundreds of images for enhancing your presentations from multiple providers such as Office.com. You can also import picture files that you have on your computer into PowerPoint.
You can add pictures to any slide in “Normal” view. If you already have a content placeholder in your slide, you can click either the “Pictures” or “Online Pictures” buttons within the content placeholder to begin adding pictures to the selected placeholder. If you do not have a placeholder for the Clip Art, then PowerPoint simply inserts your picture into the middle of the slide, by default. Its placement can then be modified after it has been inserted into your slide. You can crop the picture to cut away parts you don’t want, change its size, add lines and fill colors, and perform many other picture formatting tasks.
To insert pictures, either click the “Pictures” button within a content placeholder in your slide, or click the “Pictures” button in the “Images” button group on the “Insert” tab in the Ribbon. Performing either task will launch the “Insert Picture” dialog box. Use this to navigate to the folder that contains the picture you want to insert. When you see it within the white area inside the dialog box, click it to select it. You can then click the “Insert” button to insert the selected picture into your presentation slide.
Inserting Online Pictures
In PowerPoint 2013, you can now insert pictures from various online resources, including Office.com, your SkyDrive, and other online resources.
To insert an image from an online resource, either click the “ Online Pictures” button within a content placeholder in your slide, or click the “ Online Pictures” button in the “Images” button group on the “Insert” tab in the Ribbon to display the “Insert Pictures” window. Within this window you can see the various types of online resources that you can use to browse for pictures to insert.
To insert pictures from Office.com, type a keyword for which you want to search for associated pictures into the “Search Office.com” text box. Then click the “Search” button at the right end of the text box to display pictures that match the keyword entered. You can scroll through the listing of matching pictures until you find one you want to insert. Then click on the picture that you want to insert, and click the “Insert” button at the bottom of the window to insert the selected picture into your presentation slide.
You can use the same basic technique to insert pictures from the other online resources listed in the “Insert Pictures” window. You can use Bing to search for online images, or browse for images that you have saved to your SkyDrive to insert them into your presentation slides.