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Adding Clip Media to the Clip Organizer

Learn how to add clip media to the Clip Organizer.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8

We explored the Clip Organizer previously, especially its interface. However, the real benefit of using Clip Organizer is only if you add your frequently used clips within its Collections. There are essentially two ways to add clip media -- in this tutorial we'll explore them.

What is Clip Organizer?

If you are new to Clip Organizer, it's a basic digital asset management program that lets you catalog clip media to be used within PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office programs. Do note that while you can catalog and organize media using the Clip Organizer, you will still have to insert these clip media via the Clip Art task pane in Microsoft Office applications.

The version we are exploring was included as part of Microsoft Office 2000, but the techniques we explore will work for previous versions too. However, Clip Organizer no longer works within newer versions of Microsoft Office released thereafter, such as Office 2013 or subsequent versions.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Launch Microsoft Clip Organizer -- make sure that the Collection List pane is active, as shown in Figure 1, below. Then choose the collection to which you want to add the clip media. Figure 1, below shows the collection named ‘Vegetables’ selected -- you can select any collection of your choice.

    Collection List pane is active
    Figure 1: Collection List pane is active

    Note: Yes, Vegetables is not a Collection that you will find within the Clip Organizer -- you have to create it and name it Vegetables, or anything else you want -- learn more in our Create and Organize Collections in Clip Organizer tutorial.

  2. For this tutorial, we selected the top-level My Collections folder as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2. Once your destination Collection is selected, choose the File | Add Clip to Organizer | On My Own menu option, as shown Figure 2.

    Add your clips to the Clip Organizer
    Figure 2: Add your clips to the Clip Organizer

    Note: The From Scanner or Camera option works only if you have a scanner or a camera attached to your system.

  3. This opens the Add Clips to Organizer dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. Here, locate and select the folder that contains the clip media you want to add.

    Add Clips to Organizer dialog box
    Figure 3: Add Clips to Organizer dialog box

  4. Within the folder, select the clip media, and then click the Add button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.

    Select the clip media
    Figure 4: Select the clip media

  5. This will add the selected clip media within the Collection folder we selected earlier in Microsoft Clip Organizer -- in Figure 5 you can see that the clip media we selected has been added to My Collections.

    Clip media added within the Microsoft Clip Organizer
    Figure 5: Clip media added within the Microsoft Clip Organizer

In the next tutorial of this series, we will explore how you can Create and Organize Collections in Clip Organizer.


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