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Using text (and only text) in your Google Slides presentation is a great way to lose the attention of your audience. Inserting photos and animated GIFs can immediately spice things up by emphasizing the important points you make.

There are a couple of ways to insert images into a Google Slides presentation. You can upload the file yourself, link to an external image by URL, use images stored in Google Photos or Google Drive, take pictures using your device’s built-in camera, or insert images using a web search. Here’s how.

Uploading Images and Animated GIFs from a PC

If you want to insert images (including animated GIFs) from your computer, you can do that easily in Google Slides.

Open your Google Slides presentation and then click Insert > Image > Upload from Computer to select your chosen image.

Click click Insert > Image > Upload from computer to insert an image from your PC to google slides

Find the image file on your computer and insert it into your presentation.

Inserting a static image and a GIF into a Google Slides presentation

If you’ve chosen a static image file (for instance, a JPG or PNG file), the image will appear on the slide you’ve selected.

Animated GIFs will loop, showing the same brief scene repeatedly.

An inserted static image and GIF in Google Slides

You can begin to edit images in Google Slides after inserting them. If the GIF doesn’t load, you may need to insert it by URL instead.

RELATED: How to Edit Images in Google Slides

Inserting Images and Animated GIFs by URL

Google Slides allows you to link to external image files, including animated GIFs from sources such as GIPHY. Make sure you have permission to use and link to an external image file before you insert it.

To do this, open your Google Slides presentation. On whichever slide you want to add the image, click Insert > Image > By URL.

Click Insert > Image > By URL to insert an image by URL in Google Slides

In the “Insert Image” box, paste the URL to your static image or GIF.

Paste the URL for your image into the Insert Image box in Google Slides

If the image is correct, the URL should instantly be replaced with a preview of the static image or GIF.

Click the “Insert” button to add the image or GIF you’ve chosen into your presentation.

Click Insert to insert an image into your Google Slides presentation

Inserting Images and Animated GIFs from Google Drive and Google Photos

You can insert images and GIFs from your Google Drive and Google Photos cloud storage directly into a Google Slides presentation you have access to.

To insert images from your Google storage, open your presentation and click Insert > Image. Choose “Photos” to upload an image from your Google Photos storage or “Drive” to upload an image from your Google Drive storage.

Choose "Photos" to upload an image from your Google Photos or "Drive" to upload an image from your Google Drive storage

In the menu on right, locate a suitable image (or multiple images). When you’re ready, click the “Insert” button at the bottom.

Select your images using the Google Photos menu, then click the Insert button to insert them into Google Slides

You can also double-click any of the images you locate to insert them directly.

Taking and Inserting Pictures Using a Camera

Google Slides supports the ability to take and insert pictures from a built-in or attached camera connected to your PC. Your web browser must have access to your camera to do this.

Open your Slides presentation and click Insert > Image > Camera.

Click Insert > Image > Camera to insert an image using your camera in Google Slides

If you’re using a browser like Google Chrome, you might be asked for permission to allow access to your camera. Click the “Allow” button to authorize this in Chrome.

Click Allow to allow camera access in Google Chrome

Take the picture using your camera by pressing the onscreen camera button; then select the image (or images) you want to insert from the previews to the right.

Click “Insert” to add them to your presentation when you’re ready.

Click Insert to insert camera images into Google Slides

Inserting Images Using Google Search

Google Slides allows you to take advantage of Google’s enormous search capabilities to find images on the web. You can search for images using a built-in image search, enabling you to insert the images you find directly into your Google Slides presentation.

Unfortunately, you can’t easily locate and insert GIFs using this method. You’ll need to download them first or insert them using a URL instead.

To start, open your Google Slides presentation and press Insert > Image > Search the Web.

Click Insert > Image > Search The Web to insert an image using a Google Images search in Google Slides

A search menu will appear on the right. Use the provided search bar to search for images. Click to select any of the images that appear and then press the “Insert” button below to add them to your presentation.

You can also double-click any of the images to insert them directly.

Select images you want to insert, then click the Insert button in Google Slides

The images you select from the search menu will then be inserted into your Google Slides presentation, ready for you to use or edit further.

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Ben Stockton is a freelance tech writer from the United Kingdom. In a past life, he was a UK college lecturer, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, he's been a tech writer, writing how-to articles and tutorials for MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Cloudwards.net. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing.
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