Inserting multiple images into PowerPoint
If you have a number of images that you want to insert into PowerPoint (one image per slide), you can do this easily using Microsoft Office Picture Manager, a program that comes free with Microsoft Office 2003 and later. (Find it by clicking on the Start menu, pointing your cursor at All Programs, then at Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Tools, and finally, select Microsoft Office Picture Manager.)
- Open Picture Manager and select the images that you want to insert into PowerPoint, using the Shift or Control key to select multiple images.
On the File menu, point to Send To and select Microsoft Office from the menu (or use the shortcut towards the bottom of the Getting Started Task Pane).
- In the Send Pictures dialogue box, choose whether you want to insert the images into a presentation that is already open or a new one, and then click Send. By default, your images will be resized to fit within a screen of 1024 x 768 pixels, but you can choose other sizes by clicking on Options before confirming your choice.
- Your populated presentation will open. If your images are not in the right order, you can use the Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint to move individual slides around.
- Text can then be added to slides in the usual way.
Later versions of PowerPoint have a Photo Album option on the Insert Picture menu for the creation of presentations. However, this method is more suited to making a quick slide show from a set of holiday photos than for using to create a lecture presentation because it has some disadvantages, such as:
- images can't be cropped once they have been inserted
- any text added to the slides will be lost if you later import further images using this method.
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