Inserting Screenshots in PowerPoint 2013
Explore the Screenshot option within PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
By its very nature, PowerPoint is an application that takes content of different types and arranges them all together coherently within a slide. Such content often includes text, pictures, charts, multimedia, and other types. Additionally, since many people use PowerPoint for training programs -- you will find many slides that contain screenshots of computer program interfaces. Typically, you capture these screenshots in another program and then insert that screenshot like a regular picture within PowerPoint 2013. This task is made even more easy as now you can quickly and easily add a screenshot from within PowerPoint without even leaving the program you are working in.
Follow these steps to add a Screenshot within PowerPoint 2013:
- Make sure that the other non-PowerPoint program from which you want to capture a screenshot is open and ready.
PowerPoint 2013 -- within the
select the Blank Presentation option. PowerPoint will open a new slide -- you can
change the slide layout to
Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout |
Blank option. Of course, if
you already have an existing presentation within which you want to add a screenshot, just open that presentation,
and follow these subsequent steps.
- Access the Insert tab of the
Ribbon, and then click the
Screenshot button, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 1: Screenshot button
- This brings up the Screenshot drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Screenshot drop-down gallery
There are two options within the Screenshot gallery - both the options are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above.
- Available Windows: Here you can see representations of all open applications. To add a
screenshot of the whole window of the application, just click the corresponding thumbnail within this section.
- Screen Clipping: To add a partial section of any window, first make sure that you visit the
application from which you want to capture a screenshot. Thereafter go back to PowerPoint and click the
Screen Clipping option. This will change the cursor to a cross, as shown highlighted in
red with Figure 3. To take the screenshot, press and hold the left
mouse button and drag to select the area of your screen that you want to capture.
Figure 3: Cursor changed to a cross
When you are capturing the Screen Clipping, PowerPoint is minimized and only the application window that you recently visited is available for clipping.
- Available Windows: Here you can see representations of all open applications. To add a screenshot of the whole window of the application, just click the corresponding thumbnail within this section.
- In Figure 4, below you can see a screenshot is added within the active PowerPoint slide.
Figure 4: Screenshot added on slide
- After the screenshot is added, you can apply various
Picture Tools options to edit and enhance the
- Make sure to save your presentation often.
See Also: Inserting Screenshots in PowerPoint 2010
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