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Insert tables, pictures, & watermarks
Insert tables, pictures, & watermarks

Insert pictures

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  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select Insert > Pictures > This Device for a picture on your PC.

    • Select Insert > Pictures > Stock Images for high quality images or backgrounds.

    • Select Insert > PicturesOnline Pictures for a picture on the web.

    Tip: For a picture from your OneDrive, go to the drop-down list at the top left, and switch from Bing to OneDrive.
    Insert an online picture

  2. Select the picture you want, and then select Insert.

Resize or move pictures

  • To resize a picture, select the picture and drag a corner handle.

  • To wrap text around a picture, select the picture, and then select a wrapping option.

    Text wrapping menu next to a selected square shape

    Tip: Pick something other than In Line with Text, and you can move the picture around the page: select the picture and drag it.

What about EPS?

EPS files can no longer be inserted into Office documents. For details, see Support for EPS images has been turned off in Office.

What do you want to do?

  1. Click the location in your document where you want to insert a picture.

  2. On the Insert tab, click Pictures.

    On the Insert tab, Picture from File is highlighted.
  3. Select the option you want to use for inserting pictures.

    The Photo Browser option helps you browse through existing photo sets on your computer, such as photos in iPhoto or Photo Booth. Picture from File lets you browse through your computer's file structure to look for photos.

  4. When you find the picture you want, drag it from the Photo Browser into your document, or click Insert in the file browser.

    Tip: The picture is embedded in your document. If your picture has a large file size and makes your document too large, you can reduce the size of your document by linking to the picture instead of embedding it. In the Choose a Picture dialog box, select the Link to File box.

You can insert a picture or photo into the body of an email message, instead of attaching the file. Inserting a picture requires that your message uses HTML formatting. To set HTML formatting, select Options > HTML.

  1. In the body of your message, click where you want to add a picture.

  2. On the Message tab, click Pictures.

    The Pictures option is highlighted on the Message tab.

  3. Select the option you want to use for inserting pictures.

    The Photo Browser option helps you browse through existing photo sets on your computer, such as photos in iPhoto or Photo Booth. Picture from File lets you browse through your computer's file structure to look for photos.

  4. When you find the picture you want, drag it from the Photo Browser into your document, or click Open in the file browser.

    Resize the picture if necessary by clicking one of the handles that surround the picture and dragging it. Click the handle at the top of the picture to rotate it.

    Image with resize handles highlighted

  1. Hold down CONTROL and click the picture, and then click Change Picture.

  2. Locate a new picture on your computer, and then click Insert.

See also

Crop a picture

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object in Office for Mac

Change the size of a picture, shape, WordArt, or other object in Word 2016 for Mac

Control text wrapping around objects in Word 2016 for Mac

Pictures make documents more engaging and easier to understand.

Tip: To add pictures in Word for the web, first switch to Editing View by clicking Edit Document > Edit in Word for the web.

Edit in Word Online

Insert a picture

Do one of the following:

  • Insert a picture from my computer: On the Insert tab, click Picture, browse to, and select the picture you want, and click Open.

  • Insert a picture from the web: On the Insert tab, click Online Pictures, and in the Search Bing box, type a word that describes the picture you're looking for, such as 'cat'.

    Enter a description of the picture you're looking for.

Tip: You can also insert a picture by copying it (Ctrl + C), and pasting it (Ctrl + V) where you want.

Add style and formatting to a picture

When you insert a picture, Word for the web places the picture in your document and displays the Picture Tools ribbon with the Format tab.

On the Picture Tools Format tab

Tip: To open the Picture Tools ribbon anytime you’re in Editing View, select the picture.

  • To change the picture’s size or style or to add alt text, on the Format tab.

    Image of the Format options on the Picture Tools ribbon

  • Choose the style options that you want to apply to the picture.

Note: If you have Word 2013 or 2016 for Windows, you can do much more to fine-tune a picture: compress it, crop it, remove the background, apply artistic effects, control its position on the page, put it in front of or behind the text, trim it to a specific size, and control how text wraps around it. Click Open in Word to get started.

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