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Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to insert an online pictures on a slide in PowerPoint 2013.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8

It's always been possible to add pictures from an online source within PowerPoint. For more than a decade this online source has been the pictures available online at Office.com -- in most previous versions, this was achieved through the Insert Clip Art option. Now in PowerPoint 2013, this option has been greatly enhanced -- and you are no longer restricted to content from just Office.com. Of course, this also has a new name now, and it's called Online Pictures. This feature is very helpful as you are not limited to just the pictures available on your system. You get variety of other picture sources to choose from. Some of the picture sources also allow you to choose from Creative Commons pictures. And all this happens within PowerPoint -- there's no need to open your web browser.

Similar to what we learnt in the Insert Picture in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial, there are two ways to insert a picture on your slide in PowerPoint:

  1. You use a layout that includes a content placeholder
  2. You insert a picture within a slide irrespective of its layout

Whichever option you choose depends upon your requirement -- we cover both of them in the following steps:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2013. Most of the time, PowerPoint already has a new slide -- change the layout of this slide to Title and Content by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Title and Content option. This results in the slide layout you see in Figure 1.

    Online Pictures button within Content placeholder
    Figure 1: Online Pictures button within Content placeholder

    Notice that this layout has a Content placeholder that lets you add bulleted text or any of the 6 other content types in the slide -- these 6 content types are indicated by the 6 buttons you see within the Content placeholder (see Figure 1). Click on the Online Pictures button in the Content placeholder, as highlighted in red within Figure 1, above.

    Alternatively, if you want to add a picture on an existing slide that has no Content placeholder, you can select the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Online Pictures button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Online Pictures button within the Insert tab
    Figure 2: Online Pictures button within the Insert tab

  2. Either option brings up the Insert Pictures dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.

    Insert Pictures dialog box
    Figure 3: Insert Pictures dialog box

    Within the Insert Pictures dialog box you'll find a list of online picture service providers, as shown in Figure 3, above. Additionally, if you are signed in within PowerPoint via your Microsoft Account on Windows 7 (or Windows 8), you will see your OneDrive account and any other services connected.

    Note: Does the Insert Pictures dialog box look different when you access it, compared to what's shown in Figure 3, above? That may be because you may be connected to different services via your Microsoft Account. It may also be because this option is an online service, that's prone to change continuously.

    Options within the Insert Pictures dialog box are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above.

    1. Office.com Clip Art: Click this option to search pictures from Microsoft Office site. To learn more refer to our Insert Picture from the Office ClipArt Collection in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

      Stop Press: Microsoft has removed the Office.com Clip Art option – look at our Alternatives for Office Clip Art Gallery page to find some alternatives.

    2. Bing Image Search: This option shows all the picture search result directly from Bing. Learn more on our Insert Picture from Bing in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

      Tip: Want to explore how you can search images using Bing's amazing image search functions? Refer to our Bing Image Search tutorial.

    3. Flickr: You can get pictures within your Flickr photostream. Learn more in our Insert Picture from Flickr in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

    4. OneDrive: Within this option, you can access pictures uploaded to your OneDrive account and insert them within your PowerPoint slides. To learn more refer to our Insert Picture from OneDrive in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

    5. Also insert from: Other than the options explained above, you may see additional picture sources within this section. In this case, you can see that a Facebook option is available. To use this option, you first have to connect your Facebook account to your Microsoft account. Explore more in our Add Services in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

Choose any of the picture sources, and select the picture you want to add to your slide.

Make sure to save your presentation.

Cannot Access the Insert Pictures dialog box?

Cannot access the Insert Pictures dialog box, shown in Figure 3 earlier on this page? That may be because you are not connected online or Microsoft's servers are facing some temporary connectivity issues. You may see a different dialog box, as shown in Figure 4, below. In this case, just click on the Work offline button (highlighted in red within Figure 4, below), and you will see the local Insert Pictures option, as detailed in our Insert Picture in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

Work offline button
Figure 4: Work offline button


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