There are many, many options as far as inserting pictures from online sources within PowerPoint are concerned. Other than
the Bing Image Search
options, you can also access Flickr. Flickr is probably the greatest online resource for pictures uploaded
by photographers and enthusiasts all over the world. However, unlike with the Bing option, PowerPoint does not allow you to
Commons licensed pictures from Flickr. You are only allowed to download and insert pictures from your own Flickr
photostream. Needless to add, you will need to have an active Flickr account with photos available to use this
Follow these steps to learn how to use the Flickr option to insert an online picture within
- Access the Insert tab of the
Ribbon, and click the Online Pictures button (highlighted in red within Figure 1).
Figure 1: Online Pictures button within the Insert tab
- This will bring up the Insert Pictures dialog box, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Insert Pictures dialog box
Notice the Flickr option, highlighted in red within
Figure 2, above.
Unlike other services, the Flickr option does not provide you with a Search Bar to type in the keywords.
Instead, you are provided with different options detailed below, as marked in Figure 2 above:
Don't see a Flickr
option within the Insert Pictures
You will have to add Flickr as a service connected to your Microsoft account -- this needs to be done only once. Explore
our Add Services in PowerPoint 2013
tutorial to learn more.
- Manage: Click the Manage hyperlink to manage your Flickr account. Learn more in
our Manage and Remove
Connected Services in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Picture preview: This shows you thumbnail previews of the first five pictures within your Flickr
photostream. You can click on any of these thumbnails to insert the associated picture in your active slide within
- See more: Click this to open the next windows on the dialog box to see all the pictures within
- Now click the See more hyperlink, and you'll get to see all the pictures within your
Flickr photostream in the next window, as shown in Figure 3. You can see only four pictures in
Figure 3 because we have only four pictures in our photostream.
Figure 3: Window showing more pictures
Options within this window are explained below, as marked in Figure 3 above.
- Back to Sites: Click this option to get back to the Insert Pictures dialog box
(refer to Figure 2, shown earlier in this page).
- Photstream: Here you can see pictures from your Flickr photostream.
- Search Flickr: This search bar allows you search pictures from within your Flickr photostream
- Search Result: Here you can see all pictures based on the search terms you provide. Unless you do this search, you will see all pictures within your Flickr photostream. If there are many pictures,
you can use the scroll bar to explore more picture thumbnails.
- Picture Info: Here you can see the resolution and name of the selected picture.
- Selected Items: Here you can see the number of pictures you have selected.
- Now hover your cursor over any thumbnail preview to bring up a magnifying glass icon, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Magnifying glass icon appears on the picture
Click the icon to preview a larger picture, as shown in Figure 5. Clicking the Insert
button (highlighted in red within Figure 5, below) will insert the picture
in your active slide.
Figure 5: Larger preview of the picture
- You can also select one or more pictures within the Search Results or Photostream window shown in
Figure 3 (refer earlier on this page). Then click the same Insert button insert the
picture(s) in your active slide.
- The selected picture(s) will then be downloaded and inserted within your slide, as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Picture inserted on the slide
- Make sure to save your presentation.
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