Once a picture is inserted within PowerPoint, any manipulations you make to that picture are strictly only on the
surface. The appearance of the picture changes on the slide, but the unaltered picture is stored within your PowerPoint
presentation. Essentially that's good because if you make many changes to a picture -- and then regret experimenting -- then
you can just reset your picture rather than starting all over again! There's one caveat though -- the option to reset any
picture back to its original form works only if you have not run any
compression options for
pictures within your presentation.
To reset a picture in PowerPoint 2013, follow these steps:
- Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide where you have already
inserted a picture. If your
picture has not already customized, go ahead and apply some changes. The picture that you see within
Figure 1, below has been
resized and applied
with a Picture Style.
Figure 1: Customized picture selected
- Make sure you select the picture so that you see the a contextual Picture Tools Format tab in the
Ribbon, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 1, above.
The Picture Tools Format
tab is a contextual
tab. Contextual tabs
are special tabs in the Ribbon
that are not visible
all the time -- they make an appearance only when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using
the options within these tabs.
- Within the Picture Tools Format tab, click the down-arrow (highlighted in
red with Figure 2) placed next to Reset Picture button to
access the Reset Picture drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Reset Picture drop-down gallery
Both the options within the Reset Picture drop-down gallery are explained below:
Reset Picture: Select this option to undo changes such as corrections, recoloring, etc. as shown in
Figure 3 (compare with Figure 1, above). Note that this option will not reset resized,
rotated, or flipped pictures.
Figure 3: Reset Picture option applied to picture
- Reset Picture & Size: Choosing this option will not only achieve the result explained in the
preceding point, but also reset the selected picture back to its original size and status by cancelling all resize, flip,
and rotation effects applied, as you can see in Figure 4 (compare Figures 1 and
Figure 4: Reset Picture & Size option applied to picture
- Choose the options based on your requirements, and make sure you save your presentation.
Reset Pictures in
PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Reset Pictures in
PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
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