Inserting and positioning images in PowerPoint
To insert an image
1. Select a slide layout, either:
- Default layout - shown when you first open PowerPoint (there is no need to delete the placeholder boxes as they will not show up when you run your slide show).
- Blank layout select the Blank layout from the Slide Layout task pane (open the Format menu from the toolbar and select Slide Layout to open this layout template window).
- Content layout also in the Slide Layout section are templates that are designed to display one or more images (or other multimedia content), with or without text. The advantage of a content layout is that it will automatically resize a picture to fit within it if the image is too large, saving you the bother of manually resizing large images.
2. Insert an image there are several ways of doing this:
Open the Insert menu, point at Picture, click From File
, and then navigate to the required image. The image will appear in the centre of your slide.
If using a preset template, click on the Insert Picture icon in the centre of the placeholder box and navigate to the required image file.
- Copy an image from another slide in the current presentation, or from another presentation. Simply use Copy and Paste from the Edit menu. However, be careful about reusing small images that you intend to enlarge as they may not have enough pixels to give a good quality image.
- It is also possible to cut and paste or drag an image from the Internet directly into your presentation. However, if you are working on a Mac, don't drag images straight from the Internet. You should save images to your hard drive, and then use Insert, Picture from the menu bar, or you may find that your pictures won't display when you run a slide show.
Tip: If you find that your inserted image appears much smaller than you were expecting, it is because PowerPoint has used embedded image resolution information to determine its display size. When such an image is inserted into PowerPoint, it will be displayed according to this setting, and may therefore appear smaller than anticipated. If you know the pixel size of the image, it is easy to work out roughly how large it can be displayed without losing image quality, but as a general rule, if an image looks satisfactory at 100% size on your computer screen, it will look fine when projected.
If you want to insert more than one image at once, look at Inserting multiple images into PowerPoint to find a way of saving yourself time.
To move an image
To move an image, click on it to select it (white dots, or "resizing handles" will appear around its edges), and place your cursor over the picture. The cursor will turn into a four headed arrow and you can then drag the image to where you want it. You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move an image around the slide.
Tip:If your inserted image is too large for the layout screen and you can't see the resizing handles without having to scroll up and down, you can zoom out (by using the button on the Standard toolbar (see picture), or select Zoom from the View menu) so that you can see the whole image and can resize it more easily.
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