It is true that both pictures and words are important, and they both play complementary roles. If you had to choose just one of them;
then seeing is a much more important part of presenting. Presentations, by their very nature, are meant to be seen since they evoke
actions such as project, display, or broadcast; and all of these actions represent visual media. Text and speaking are important too, but
you can be more effectively heard and remembered if your content includes both text and pictures.
Adding pictures to your PowerPoint 2016 slide is a great way to add some
visual detail. Essentially, depending upon the
layout of your slide, there are two ways to insert a
picture on your slide in PowerPoint:
- You use a layout that includes a Content or Picture placeholder.
- You insert a picture within a slide irrespective of its layout.
Tip: A Content placeholder is a flexible placeholder on your slide that lets you add text,
pictures, or any other content types. A Picture placeholder, on the other hand, lets you add just a picture. We use the
Content placeholder in this tutorial.
Choose the option that works best for you; we cover both options in the following steps:
- Launch PowerPoint 2016. You will see the
Presentation Gallery. Here,
select the Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new slide.
Change the layout of this slide to
Title and Content by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Title and
Content option. This results in the slide layout you see in Figure 1.
Notice that this layout has a Content placeholder that lets you add bulleted text or any of the 6 different
content types in the slide. These 6 content types are indicated by the 6 buttons located right in the center of the
Content placeholder (see Figure 1). Click on the Pictures button in the Content
placeholder, shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Pictures button within Content placeholder
Alternatively, if you want to add a picture on an existing slide that has no Content placeholder, you can select the
Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click
the Pictures button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Pictures button within the Insert tab
- Either way, you will summon the Insert Picture dialog box. Navigate to the folder where your pictures
are located. You will see the icons or thumbnails of the pictures as shown in Figure 3. Alternatively
you may just see a textual listing. Select the picture you need, and click on the Insert button highlighted
in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Insert Picture dialog box
Can't see picture thumbnails, as shown in Figure 3
? Do you see a list instead, or
smaller thumbnails, or even a detailed list? It's simple to change between these views. Click the down-arrow next to the
Change your view
button (highlighted in blue
within Figure 3
above). This brings up the View Options
drop-down list, as shown in Figure 4
View menu options within Insert Picture dialog box
To see thumbnail previews of the pictures, choose any of the options that end with the word "icons", such as
Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large Icons.
- As soon as you click the Insert button, you will see the selected picture placed on your PowerPoint slide, and
also the Design Ideas Pane, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Picture inserted on the slide
Cannot see the Design Ideas
pane? That can happen if you are using a perpetual version of PowerPoint 2016 rather
than the subscription version. Find out more in our
Updates for Office 365 Applications
- The Design Ideas Pane contains thumbnails of various layouts suggested for the active slide, where you have
inserted the pictures. Just click on any thumbnail to apply the layout to the active slide, as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6 Picture inserted on the slide
Otherwise, just close the Design Ideas Pane to simply insert the picture on the slide, as shown in
Figure 7 Picture inserted on the slide
Now, the picture you inserted can be edited by resizing, moving, rotating, etc. You can also add effects and more
pizzazz to your pictures, as we show you in our picture tutorials.
- For now, don't forget to save your presentation.
Note that the procedure to insert a picture explained above will not retain any relation between the picture in your
folder and the picture on your slide. The picture on your slide is an independent copy that is contained within the
presentation. If you want to link to the picture, check our
Insert and/or Link Pictures in
PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.
Do you want to insert tens or hundreds of pictures in successive slides? You don't have to insert them
one at a time -- look at PowerPoint's
awesome Photo Album
option to get them all on your slides with two or three clicks.
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