Pictures in Content or Picture Placeholders
Explore the difference in between content and picture placeholders.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: All PowerPoint Versions
OS: Windows and Mac
Placeholders in PowerPoint make it easy for the users to insert any media file such as pictures, video, audio, etc. For Pictures, PowerPoint provides two placeholders Content and Picture. Although both placeholders enable you to insert pictures, there is a difference in the way that pictures behave when inserted within these placeholders. In this tutorial we'll explore the difference in between Content and Picture placeholders.
Follow these steps to learn more:
- Launch PowerPoint and change the slide layout to Title and Content, as shown 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. Click on the Pictures button in the Content placeholder, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Pictures button within Content placeholder
- Click the Pictures button and insert a portrait oriented (vertical) picture. Note that when you click
the Pictures button within a content placeholder, PowerPoint reduces the picture dimensions and places the full height of the picture into the placeholder instead of filling the entire content placeholder, as shown in Figure 2.
Likewise, if you insert a landscape oriented (horizontal) picture, the full width of the picture will fit into the content placeholder, with no concerns about the height of the picture.
Figure 2: Picture inserted within content placeholder
Note: As soon as you insert the picture, the border outline of the placeholder disappears, as you can see in Figure 2. To understand what the border looked like before inserting the picture, compare Figure 2 with Figure 1. Also notice the red arrows we added within Figure 2 to indicate “lost” areas of the placeholder.
- Now we'll insert the same picture within a Picture placeholder - you can use the built-in
Picture with Caption layout. For this tutorial we'll create our own custom layout with a
picture placeholder of the exact size and position as the Title and Content layout, as shown
in Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: Picture placeholder
- Now, click the picture icon within the Picture placeholder (highlighted in red
within Figure 3, above) and insert the same picture as the one we used for the Content placeholder.
- In Figure 4, below, you can see that PowerPoint has stretched the picture dimensions to occupy the entire placeholder.
Figure 4: Picture placeholder filled with picture
- You can now use the Crop
reposition the picture within the placeholder.
- Save your presentation often.
See Also: Picture placeholders vs. Content placeholders by Echo Swinford (external link)
Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?
Go and get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book.