While Microsoft PowerPoint's clip art sometimes gets a bad rap, you'll often find a perfect image buried among the clip art gallery.
Let's say you find this image in PowerPoint:
For your purposes, the image looks nice, is relevant, and using it won't get you judged and/or fired at your office. The only problem is that now you need 20 similar-looking images for the rest of your project. After scouring the remaining clip art available in the gallery, you find other animals, but none of them look like the image above (they're drawn in a completely different style). Now what? Believe it or not, clip art images on the Microsoft Office website are grouped by style number. You may just need a bit of guidance locating them. And here's how...
- Find a clip art image in PowerPoint's clip art Gallery that you like.
- With the Clip Art pane visible, click the More Arrow to the right of the image to view the image's drop-down menu.
- From the drop-down menu, choose Preview/Properties to open the Preview/Properties dialog box.
- From the Name field, highlight the name of the image and copy it.
- In a web browser, navigate to http://office.microsoft.com/.
- In the search bar at the top of the page, paste in the name of your image and press [enter] on your keyboard. (The image you used in PowerPoint should appear in the Image Results area.)
- From the Image results area, click the clip art image to open the image page. (To the right of the image you will see a Download button, Dimensions, Resolution, File size, Downloads, Style, Rating, and Keywords.)
- From the Style area, click the style number link. (You will be redirected to a page, or multiple pages, of clip art images of the same style.
- Click any image you like to be redirected to that image's page. There you can either download the image or use the listed keywords to find the image from within PowerPoint.
The Microsoft Office website is a great resource, as PowerPoint's clip art pane does not list the style numbers for images, nor does it let you search by style number if you already know it.
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