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Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint Online

Learn how to insert online pictures on a slide in PowerPoint Online.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint Online

OS: Windows and Mac OS X






Are you looking for copyright-free pictures that you can use in presentations you create in PowerPoint Online, the browser-based version of PowerPoint? You can use the Online Pictures option. This feature is very helpful, because you get access to a large amount of visual content, some of which also include Creative Commons pictures. And all this happens within PowerPoint Online, within your web browser.

Similar to what we learned in the Insert Picture in PowerPoint Online tutorial, there are two ways to insert an online picture on your slide in PowerPoint:

  1. You use a layout that includes a Content placeholder.
  2. You insert a picture within a slide irrespective of its layout.

Whichever option you choose depends upon your requirement. Follow these steps to explore more:

  1. Launch PowerPoint Online. You will see the Presentation Gallery. Here, select the Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new slide. Change the layout of this slide to Title and Content by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Title and Content option. This results in the slide layout you see in Figure 1.
  2. Online Pictures button within Content placeholder
    Figure 1: Online Pictures button within Content placeholder
  3. Notice that this layout has a Content placeholder that lets you add bulleted text or any of the other content types in the slide. These content types are indicated by various buttons you see within the Content placeholder (see Figure 1). Click on the Online Pictures button in the Content placeholder, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, above.
  4. Alternatively, if you want to add a picture on an existing slide that has no Content placeholder, you can select the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Online Pictures button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).
  5. Online Pictures button within the Insert tab
    Figure 2: Online Pictures button within the Insert tab
  6. Either option brings up the Bing image search window, as shown in Figure 3.

    Bing image search window
    Figure 3: Bing image search window

  7. This window shows all the pictures directly from Bing. Type the keyword within the search box as showin highlighted in red within Figure 4, and click the Search button (highlighted in blue within Figure 4)
  8. Bing image search window with search results
    Figure 4: Bing image search window with search results
  9. Click on the image of your choice to select. You can also select multiple pictures. Then, click the Insert button, as shown highlighted in green within Figure 4 above.
  10. Tip: Want to explore how you can search images using Bing's amazing image search functions? Refer to our Bing Image Search tutorial.
  11. This inserts the selected image on the active slide, as shown in Figure 5. Notice that the inserted picture also shows some automatically generated Alt Text.
  12. Selected image inserted on the slide
    Figure 5: Selected image inserted on the slide
  13. Make sure to save your presentation.

See Also:

Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Insert Online Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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