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Insert Picture from OneDrive in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to insert pictures from your OneDrive account in PowerPoint 2016.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Windows 7 and higher






Our next option within the Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 series of tutorials is exploring how you can insert pictures from your OneDrive account. Note that you must have some pictures already uploaded to your OneDrive folders for working with this tutorial. Luckily with OneDrive's camera upload options for all phone platforms, most of us possibly already have tons of pictures in our OneDrive folders.

Note: For the techniques in this tutorial, you will also have to first sign in with your Microsoft account into OneDrive. Learn more in our Sign In to a OneDrive Account tutorial.

What is OneDrive?

OneDrive is an online service from Microsoft that allows you to store and edit files online. OneDrive also provides you access to PowerPoint Online, a web-based version of PowerPoint that runs within a browser window.

Follow these steps to learn how to use the OneDrive option in PowerPoint 2016 to insert pictures:

  1. Access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Online Pictures button (highlighted in red within Figure 1).

    Online Pictures button
    Figure 1: Online Pictures button
  2. This will bring up the Insert Pictures dialog box, as shown in Figure 2.

    Insert Pictures dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Pictures dialog box

    Within the Insert Pictures dialog box, locate the OneDrive option. Then click the Browse hyperlink, highlighted in red within Figure 2, above.
  3. This opens the next screen where you can see uploaded individual pictures or picture folders. Figure 3 shows a folder with pictures, as shown highlighted in red.

    Windows showing folder containing pictures within OneDrive
    Figure 3: Window showing folder containing pictures within OneDrive
  4. Open the folder to see all the pictures it contains, as shown in Figure 4.

    Pictures within OneDrive account
    Figure 4: Pictures within OneDrive account

    Options within the window are explained below, as marked in Figure 4 above.

    A. Back to Sites: Click this option to get back to the Insert Pictures dialog box (refer to Figure 2, shown earlier in this page).

    B. OneDrive Folder: Here you can see the folder name that contains the pictures.

    C. Search Result: Here you can see all the pictures within the folder of your OneDrive account. If there are many pictures, you can use the scroll bar to view more pictures.

    D. Picture Info: Here you can see the resolution and name of the picture you select.

    E. Selected Items: Here you can see the number of pictures you have selected. Press Ctrl key while clicking on pictures to select multiple pictures.
  5. Select one or more pictures that you want to insert on you slide, as shown in Figure 5, you can see orange highlight around the pictures selected. When you select picture(s) within this window, you can also see the number of pictures selected, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 5.

    Pictures selected for inserting
    Figure 5: Pictures selected for inserting

    Click the Insert button (highlighted in red within Figure 5, above) to insert the selected picture or pictures on your active slide as shown in Figure 6.

    Selected pictures inserted on the slide
    Figure 6: Selected pictures inserted on the slide
  6. Make sure to save your presentation.

See Also: Insert Pictures from OneDrive in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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