PowerPoint Tips Insert Images from Any Folder

Jul 13, 2018

About a year ago I was looking for a way to change the default directory for images when using Microsoft PowerPoint. I found several instructions for changing the Registry, but this is not something I wanted to do and in fact it comes with several warnings.

The other issue for me is I like to keep my images by project so a specific image can be in one of many folders in my project folder. Since I often work on more than one project at a time, I need to switch folders many times during a week as I bring images into PowerPoint to edit them, make new images by combining images, reduce images in size, and all kinds of techniques.

What then is the solution when working with images and Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and even other tools? I found a tip online that mentioned creating a shortcut in the Pictures folder that leads to the images I wanted to pull into PowerPoint. What a great idea that was and simple. I would give that source credit if I could find it again. It might have been a Microsoft help site, I am not sure.

This is such an easy solution. Since the default folder for all images for PowerPoint is Pictures, placing a shortcut to another folder is simple.

First, open the folder for the images that are in a particular project. In this example, I have a folder titled Generic Assets and this folder has images, sounds, videos, etc.

Second, open the directory Pictures and have both windows near each other.

Third, click the Image window then right-click the folder Generic Assets and drag that folder to the Directory Pictures.

Fourth, let go and there is a menu. Click the item Create shortcut here.

Now there is a folder inside of Pictures with the title Generic Assets – Shortcut. I like to change the name to make it easier to see so I changed the name to Generic Assets.

Now, with PowerPoint open:

1.       Click the INSERT Tab

2.       Click the Pictures Icon

3.       Double-click the folder Generic Assets

4.       Once the folder opens, double-click any image to place it in PowerPoint.

Follow the demonstration I created and see how this actually works then create one of your own.

Jeffrey Riley

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