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. Many users do not realize that you
can add a screenshot from within PowerPoint without the need for another program.
Note: The Screenshot option works the same way in other Microsoft Office programs including Excel,
Outlook, and Word.
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
Presentation Gallery, select the
Blank Presentation option. PowerPoint will open with a new slide, and 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
- Access the Insert tab of the
Ribbon, and then click the Screenshot button, as shown highlighted in red
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.
A. 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.
B. 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.
- Instantly thereafter, a screenshot is added to the active PowerPoint slide, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Screenshot added on slide
- After the screenshot is added, you can apply various
Picture Tools options to edit and enhance the screenshot.
- Make sure to save your presentation often.
Note: Only one screenshot can be added at a time. To add multiple screenshots, repeat steps
3 and 4.
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