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How to Add Images to PowerPoint Presentations

Posted on: May, 2021 By: Kara Jones

Although known for presentations, PowerPoint is also a fair image editor. One of the many abilities within PowerPoint is cropping pictures to specific shapes. This trick is how designers make images in the shape of a circle, triangle, or other unique shapes rather than the default square or rectangle. See below for our tutorial on how to crop pictures in PowerPoint.

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.

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

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

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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).

Thanks for reading this simple tutorial on how to insert images into PowerPoint. Visit our clipart or animations page to download content for your presentation today!

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By: Kara Jones
Kara is highly creative and forward thinker. She has a wonderful Husband and a beautiful son. She and her husband enjoy playing with their son and also enjoy diving into a good video game.

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Nov 15, 2021 -
Love the simplicity of your instructions. Have you ever encountered a red x image can't be found error in your PowerPoint work and if so how did you fix it?

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