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Change Picture in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to change one picture into another in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. All effects and formatting applied to the original picture are retained in the changed picture.

Imagine you have inserted a picture, and then applied various picture editing options to enhance its appearance. We added a border, applied some Picture Effects, etc., and our output picture now looks like what you can see in Figure 1. We then added both Fade and Zoom animations, synced them to happen together, and also timed the animations to occur at a particular speed. You may find yourself often doing these same tasks: adding all sorts of picture edits and animating them.

Figure 1: Picture applied with various enhancing options

And then you realize that you have a better picture, or your boss asked you to change to another picture but with all the same effects and animations! You could delete the original picture and start all over again, and yes, that is a long process! Or you can change any existing picture into another with just a couple of clicks while retaining all effects and animations.

Explore more by following these steps in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select the picture that you have added effects and/or animations to. This brings up the Picture Tools Format tab on the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 2). Make sure that this contextual tab is activated. Within the Picture Tools Format tab, locate the Adjust group and click the Change Picture button (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).

  2. Figure 2: Change Picture button within the Picture Tools Format tab
  3. Note: The Picture Tools Format tab is a Contextual tab. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.

  4. Alternatively, right-click the picture to bring up the contextual menu, as shown in Figure 3. In this contextual menu, select the Change Picture option, as shown in Figure 3.

  5. Figure 3: Change Picture option to be selected
  6. Either of these option summons the Insert Picture dialog box that you can see in Figure 4. In this dialog box, navigate to the folder which contains your replacement picture. Select the picture, and click the Insert button (highlighted in red in Figure 4).

  7. Figure 4: Insert Picture dialog box
  8. This replaces the old picture with the new selected picture as shown in Figure 5. Compare Figures 1 and 5 and you'll see that the pictures in both figures have the same reflection effect and also the same white colored border. In fact, even the animations for both the pictures are the same, although you cannot see the animation in the figures. Nothing has been changed other than the picture itself.

  9. Figure 5: Picture replaced with a new picture
  10. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Pictures Basics and Adjustments: Change Picture (Glossary Page)

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