PowerPoint 2013: Inserting Pictures

Inserting pictures into your PowerPoint presentations can make them more visually appealing and help communicate your ideas more effectively. Here is a comprehensive guide on the various ways to insert pictures in PowerPoint 2013, along with tips on formatting, editing, and working with multiple images.

Ways to Insert Pictures

There are several ways to insert pictures into your PowerPoint slides:

From Your Computer

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture on the slide
  2. Go to the Insert tab > Images group > Click Pictures > This Device
  3. Select the picture you want and click Insert

You can insert multiple pictures by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on multiple images before inserting.

From Online Sources

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture on the slide
  2. Go to the Insert tab > Images group > Click Online Pictures
  3. Search for the image you want using the search bar or browse the results
  4. Click the picture you want and click Insert

You can filter image results by size, type, color etc. using the Filter button.


To insert a screenshot:

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture on the slide
  2. Go to Insert tab > Images group > Click Screenshot
  3. Select what part of the screen you want to capture
  4. The screenshot will be inserted automatically

Formatting Pictures

Once you have inserted a picture, you can format it as needed:


To resize a picture:

  1. Click the picture to select it
  2. Drag one of the sizing handles on the corners or sides
  • To retain proportion, drag a corner handle
  • To distort proportion, drag a side handle


To crop a picture:

  1. Right-click the picture > Click Format Picture
  2. Go to the Size group > Click Crop
  3. Adjust the cropping handles as needed
  4. Click outside the picture when done

Styles and Effects

To quickly style a picture:

  1. Select the picture
  2. Go to Format tab > Picture Styles group
  3. Click a style thumbnail to apply it

You can also add artistic effects like shadows, glows etc. using the Picture Effects button.

Working with Multiple Pictures

Here are some tips for working with multiple pictures in your slides:

  • Use layouts with multiple picture placeholders – Makes aligning easier
  • Group aligned pictures – Easier to move/resize together
  • Layer pictures for overlap – Place them in front/behind
  • Add picture borders – Helps distinguish separate images
  • Add captions – Clearer meaning and context
  • Use consistent sizes and shapes – Looks more professional

Make sure to not overwhelm your slides with too many images. Use only what is necessary to support your message.

Troubleshooting Issues

If you face issues like PowerPoint crashing on insert or images not showing properly, try the following:

  • Check that image files are not corrupt or overly large
  • Disable conflicting software like Malwarebytes temporarily
  • Update graphics drivers and PowerPoint/Windows to latest versions
  • Reduce overall PowerPoint file size by compressing images

Following these PowerPoint image insertion and formatting best practices will ensure your presentations are visually appealing and error-free. Let me know if you have any other questions!