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Reset Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to reset pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






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. This is an awesome feature because if you make many changes to a picture and then regret experimenting, 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 2016, follow these steps:

  1. 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 was flipped horizontally; and a Picture Style was also applied.

    Customized picture selected
    Figure 1: Customized picture selected
  2. Make sure you select the picture so that you see the a contextual Picture Tools Format tab in the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, above.

    Note: 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.
  3. 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.

    Reset Picture drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Reset Picture drop-down gallery

    Both options within the Reset Picture drop-down gallery work differently:

    Reset Picture: Select this option to undo changes such as corrections, recoloring, etc. The result of selecting this option can be seen in Figure 3 (compare with Figure 1, above). Note that this option will not reset resized, rotated, or flipped pictures.

    Reset Picture option applied to picture
    Figure 3: Reset Picture option applied to picture

    Reset Picture & Size: Choosing this option will achieve results explained in the preceding point, and also reset all resize, flip, and rotation options applied. The result of applying this option is shown in Figure 4 (compare Figures 1 and 4).

    Reset Picture & Size option applied to picture
    Figure 4: Reset Picture & Size option applied to picture
  4. Choose options based on your requirements, and make sure you save your presentation.

See Also:

Reset Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Reset Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Reset Pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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