In this handy guide, we've shared how to insert an image in Powerpoint, so you can keep your audience engaged with some charming photos and illustrations. Powerpoint makes it easy to include almost any media in your project, including video files, music, YouTube links, and GIFs. It only takes a few clicks to embed images in your Powerpoint presentation, so it's a great way to learn the process.
How to Insert an Image into Powerpoint
First, load your current Powerpoint project and select the slide where you'd like to add an image. Then, click the "Insert" tab in the top menu. This is where the various media options are located, allowing you to embed photos, videos, and more.
To insert an image, click on the "Picture" button. A new file directory will appear, so you can locate the image on your hard drive. Once you select it, click "Insert". Sidenote: if you want to embed an image from the Internet, you'll need to save the file to your hard drive first (just right-click on the image and select "Save As"), and then insert it into Powerpoint.
Now, your image will appear on the Powerpoint slide, and it will also be embedded into the project file. This means if you share the project with a coworker or post it online, the images will be included in the same file. To resize your image, just click and drag on the corners in any direction. If you hold the Shift key while doing this, the image dimensions will stay proportional. Finally, clicking and dragging on the inside of the image allows you to reposition it anywhere on the slide.
How to Copy and Paste an Image into Powerpoint
Depending on your creative approach, you might prefer to use traditional "copy" and "paste" functions to insert image files into Powerpoint. With your Powerpoint project open, locate the image file on your hard drive using Windows' File Explorer or Apple's Finder. Click on the file and press CTRL+C to copy it.
Next, select the Powerpoint slide where you'd like to paste the image, right-click inside the slide, and choose "Paste" from the available options. The full-sized image should now appear in the slide, allowing you to resize or reposition it as you like.