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How to Insert Pictures and Clip Art in Microsoft Word 2013

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Have you just switched to Microsoft Office 2013 and you need to figure out how to insert Clip Art? When you choose an image for your Microsoft Word 2013 document, make sure that the image corresponds with the theme of the document. Inserting the image into your document is the easy part; choosing an appropriate image can be more difficult. Your images should not only match the theme of the document, such as a holiday card or a report on parts of the brain, they should also have a similar style to images used in the rest of your document. You may have these images saved on your computer or a CD, or you can use images from Clip Art. Using images with a consistent look and feel help your document look professional and polished.

Are you looking for information on previous versions of Microsoft Word? Read How to Insert Pictures and Clip Art in Microsoft Word 2010 and 2007.

Insert an Image From Your Computer

Insert an Image From Your Computer
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If you have a picture on your computer, flash drive, saved off of the Internet, or on a CD, you can insert it straight into your document.
  1. Click or tap in your document where you want the image placed.
  2. Click the Pictures button on the Insert tab in the Illustrations section. The Insert Picture dialog box opens.
  3. Navigate to the location of the saved images, such as My Pictures on your hard drive or a CD.
  4. Click on the image you want to use to select it.
  5. Click the Open button. Your chosen image is inserted into your document.

Insert a Picture From An Online Source

Insert a Picture From An Online Source
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If you have a picture that you have rights to use online,such as Flicr or your Facebook page,or images stored on your SkyDrive, Word 2013 lets you insert straight from the source. This means that you no longer have to download an image to use in your document.
  1. Click or tap in your document where you want the image placed.
  2. Click the Online Pictures button on the Insert tab in the Illustrations section. The Insert Pictures dialog box opens.
  3. Type a word or phrase that describes the image you want in the Office.com, Bing, or SkyDrive field and press Enter
  4. Click on the image you want to use to select it.
  5. Click the Insert button. Your chosen image is inserted into your document.

Insert an Image From Clip Art

Insert an Image From Clip Art
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Microsoft Word provides images that you can use, free of charge, called clip art. Clip art can be a cartoon, a picture, a border, and even an animation that moves on the screen. All Clip Art in Word 2013 is available on line and is not stored on your PC. This gives you the ability to insert Clip Art on any device, not just your computer.
  1. Click or tap in your document where you want the image placed.
  2. Click the Online Pictures button on the Insert tab in the Illustrations section. The Insert Pictures dialog box opens.
  3. Type a word or phrase that describes the image you want in the Office.com field and press Enter
  4. Click on the image you want to use to select it.
  5. Click the Insert button. Your chosen image is inserted into your document.

Give It a Try!

Now that you have seen how to insert pictures and clip art, give it a try. This helps your document have a professional look and feel, and with the ability to connect to your Flickr account or to search for images on Office.com or Bing, you can insert just about any image you can imagine. Just make sure you have permission from the photo supplier prior to using their images.

Also, make sure to read Wrap Text Around an Image to explore text wrapping options!

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