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Understanding Clip Art Search Results in PowerPoint 2010

Explore the Clip Art search results in PowerPoint 2010.

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

In our previous tutorial we showed you how you can insert pictures from the Clip Art Task Pane. In this tutorial we'll explore Clip Art search results. Below are the guidelines which will help you understand what Clip Art search results are:

When you choose a picture within the Clip Art Task Pane and hover you cursor over you chosen picture, you bring up a Down Arrow button (shown highlighted in red within Figure 1). Along with this Down Arrow button, you also see a tool tip (shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1) -- the details shown in this tool tip give you basic info about the chosen picture.

Tool Tip appears for the chosen picture
Figure 1: Tool Tip appears for the chosen picture

closely at the content of the Tool Tip - all the information provided for the chosen picture are explained below, as marked in Figure 2.

Information within the Tool Tip
Figure 2: Information within the Tool Tip

  1. Name: Here you can see the name of the picture. Since most search results for Clip Art are now from Bing, the name you see is either the Alt tags for the picture shown within its original web page, or even the filename.

  2. Dimension: This displays the dimensions of the choose picture. In the Figure 2 shown above, the dimensions are 1280 for width and 853 for height (all values in pixels).

  3. DPI: Displays the resolution of the chosen picture.

  4. Size: Here you can see the picture file size.

  5. Format: Displays the format of the picture - for the picture we have chosen, the format is JPG. Do note that most search results now only show bitmap graphic formats such as JPG, PNG, and GIF. You will rarely see WMF and EMF vector files, unless you are searching in your local Clip Organizer library.

Tip: Do you know how bitmap and vector files are different? Explore our Bitmaps and Vector Graphics tutorial to learn more. Also do you know what the Clip Organizer is? Learn within our Clip Organizer in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.

There is also another way to see information pertaining to the selected picture -- just right-click the picture and from the contextual menu that appears, choose the Preview/Properties option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

Preview/Properties option
Figure 3: Preview/Properties option

This brings up the Preview/Properties dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.

Preview/Properties dialog box
Figure 4: Preview/Properties dialog box

See the area highlighted in red within Figure 4, above which shows the properties of the selected picture.


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