Learn about the Photos tab within the Media Browser in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
The Media Browser is a new feature for PowerPoint 2011, and is a central repository of all media content that you can insert in your slides -- it contains six tabs, and in this tutorial, we will explore Photos, the first of these tabs. This tab provides you quick access to visual content within your iPhoto and Photo Booth collections, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Photos tab within Media Browser
The Photos tab is divided into two panes (refer to Figure 1 above), the top pane is a scroll-equipped area which enables you to navigate your album and the lower pane displays previews of your photos. Sometime the Photos tab may look like one shown in Figure 2, without the top pane it rather has a drop-down list from where you can choose a location for your media.
Figure 2: Photos tab without the top pane
To change between the views, just click the View Splitter, a small dot above where your content shows (highlighted in
red in Figure 2) and drag it down so the drop-down list no longer shows. You can choose whichever view
works best for you but in this tutorial we will explore the view without the drop-down list (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Photos tab
Let us now explore the options within the Photos tab of Media Browser, as marked in Figure 3, above:
Within the Photo tab preview pane, you can select a photo and right-click (or Ctrl+click) to bring up the contextual menu shown in
Figure 4: Choose display options for photo preview pane
There are three options in the list which are explained below:
To insert a photo, just drag it from the preview pane into your presentation, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Photo being dragged onto a slide
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