How to add images to PowerPoint presentations

Knowing how to add images to PowerPoint presentations can seem a bit daunting. Picture choices include stock images, images from the web, or even images directly from your computer. All of these choices lead to one conclusion: PowerPoint lets you insert all kinds of media into your project!

Let’s get started with a keyboard shortcuts for inserting images (pictures) into PowerPoint. That’s right! You can open the Images panes without ever touching your mouse!

Insert Images (pictures) into PowerPoint Presentations using Keyboard Shortcuts

First, click the Alt button on your keyboard. You’ll see a series of letters pop up along the top of your ribbon area.

Next, press the letter N on your keyboard. This will open the “Insert” ribbon in PowerPoint.

Alt+N opens the “Insert” ribbon in PowerPoint

Thirdly, press the letter P on your keyboard. This will open the “Pictures” portion of your Insert Ribbon.

Finally, press either D, S or O to open the appropriate dialogue box for where you’d like to get your images from. D will launch your local windows Explorer. S will launch the Microsoft Stock Images page. O will launch a Bing Image search window. Find the image you’d like to use, and click “Insert”. Using S or O will let you select multiple images just by clicking. To insert multiple images from your device, hold down the Ctrl (control) key when clicking on files located within the same folder.

If using the keyboard shortcut seemed a little daunting for you, you can easily insert pictures into PowerPoint by simply clicking the menu options with your mouse.

Inserting Images into PowerPoint Presentations using your Mouse

Click on the “Insert” tab at the top of your screen

Click on the “Pictures” icon that appears below the Insert tab.

Select where you’d like to get your images from (Device, Stock images, or Online).

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