Techie Tip of the Week: AutoFit Photos in PowerPoint Boxes

If you insert a photo into a PowerPoint presentation, by default the image will be inserted at the exact size it really is. That’s great if your photo matches the size of the slide and/or is already the desired size. But if the photo doesn’t match, you need to painstakingly manually drag the edges of the photo until it finally fits — a hugely time-consuming activity.

There’s a better way — instead of inserting a photo, create a text box. Then, format the text box to have as its content the desired photo as a picture fill.

Here’s how:

  1. In PowerPoint, create or select the desired text box.
  2. Right-click the box.
  3. Select Format Shape.
  4. In Fill, choose Picture or Texture Fill.
  5. In Insert from, click File.
  6. Locate the desired photo, and click Insert.
  7. Click Close.

The photo will match the size of your box. You can drag the box and resize, rotate, or otherwise manipulate as desired.

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