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Insert Pictures from the Office ClipArt Collection in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to insert pictures using Office ClipArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. Although this feature is deprecated, this content is being made available for historical reasons.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher




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Within this first tutorial in our series that explores Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows, we are going to explore the Office Clip Art option. This online picture service is provided by Microsoft, and includes royalty-free photos and illustrations. Follow these steps to learn how to use the Office Clip Art option to insert a picture within PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:

Stop Press: Microsoft has removed the Office.com Clip Art option. Look at our Alternatives for Office Clip Art Gallery page to find some alternatives.
  1. Access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Online Pictures button (highlighted in red within Figure 1).
  2. Online Pictures button within the Insert tab
    Figure 1: Online Pictures button within the Insert tab
  3. This will bring up the Insert Pictures dialog box, as shown in Figure 2.
  4. Insert Pictures dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Pictures dialog box
  5. Type in the keyword(s) within the box placed next to the Office.com Clip Art option and press Enter key. In Figure 2, above you can see that we choose "nature" as our keyword, shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, above.
  6. Based on the keyword(s) entered, you'll get the results in the next window, as shown in Figure 3.
  7.  Insert Pictures dialog box with search results
    Figure 3: Insert Pictures dialog box with search results
  8. Options within the search result window are explained below, as marked in Figure 3 above.
  9. A. Back to sites

  10. Click this option to get back to the Insert Pictures dialog box (refer to Figure 2, shown earlier in this page).
  11. B. Pictures result

  12. Here you can see the number of search results for the keyword you have entered.
  13. C. Search bar

  14. This search bar allows you to make changes or enter more keywords.
  15. D. Search result

  16. Here you can see all the pictures that Office.com Clip Art provides for the keyword you have entered.
  17. E. Picture source

  18. Here you can see the source, resolution, and name of the picture you select.
  19. F. Selected items

  20. Here you can see the number of pictures you have selected.
  21. Hover your cursor over the picture to see a magnifying glass icon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
  22. Magnifying glass icon appeared on the picture
    Figure 4: Magnifying glass icon appeared on the picture
  23. Click the icon to see a larger preview, as shown in Figure 5.
  24. Larger preview of the picture
    Figure 5: Larger preview of the picture
  25. Select one or more pictures. Then click the Insert button highlighted in red within Figure 5, above.
  26. The selected picture(s) will be downloaded and inserted within your slide, as shown in Figure 6.
  27. Pictures inserted on the slide
    Figure 6: Pictures inserted on the slide
  28. Make sure to save your presentation.

Tip: Want to search only for photographs? Or perhaps you want to search only for illustration type drawings? It's easy with this undocumented tip! Just add the keywords photo or drawing after your search term(s) to limit your searches to photographs or illustrations respectively.

Figure 7 shows results of a search for the keywords, Nature photo, whereas Figure 8 shows results of a search for the keywords, Nature drawing.

Search result of keywords Nature photo
Figure 7: Search result of keywords Nature photo

Search result of keywords Nature drawing
Figure 8: Search result of keywords Nature drawing


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