Office For Mac

What’s a picture worth?

According to the saying, a thousand words. True perhaps
unless you’re referring to a poorly animated paper clip,
which is more on the order of a few choice words.

Valuations aside, did you know that you can get
thousands of images to use in your documents,
presentations, and spreadsheets for the low, low price of free.

You don’t even have to subscribe to a newsletter that you’ll
never read. All of the images are available at Office.com/images.

Another thing you might not know – you already have quick access to other images right from within Office for Mac 2011.

If you use iPhoto to organize your photos, they appear automatically in the Media Browser (Click View > Media Browser).

The same is true for the clip art and photos that come with Office for Mac 2011.

We even kept around the Clip Art Gallery in Office for Mac 2011 if old school clip art is your thing.

After you insert a picture into your document, select the picture, and then use the Format Picture tab to recolor, filter, crop, and correct to get it looking just right.

Go overboard though, and you might find your picture competing with the aforementioned paper clip.

Give it a try, learn more about the graphic file types that Office supports, and check out this video for more details.

- Lowell, Office for Mac Training Writer

May 19th, 2011
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  1. Kath McNiff says:

    So we can use these graphics in published materials without paying any royalties or fees?

  2. Lowell says:

    @ Kath: Thanks for your question. The images in the Office 2011 media browser are royalty free for the licensed owner of Office. For the images on Office.com, please read item #17 on this page: http://explore.live.com/microsoft-service-agreement?ref=none

    I hope that helps.

  3. SteveFree says:

    So I own a copy of Office 2010 and Office 2011 for MAC. With that in mind, I just read: http://explore.live.com/microsoft-service-agreement?ref=none

    Can I use these images on my blog which I type up using Office Word 2010?

  4. Lowell says:

    Hi Steve. Based on the information in the service agreement, that depends on how you are using the art in your blog. I believe here is the pertinent information. Hope that helps.

    “You may copy and use the media elements in projects and documents. You may not: (i) sell, license, or distribute copies of the media elements by themselves or as a product if the primary value of the product is the media elements; (ii) grant your customers rights to further license or distribute the media elements; (

  5. MrGroove says:

    Hi Lowell,

    I had the exact same question Lowell. I run a How-To tutorials blog and sometimes I need just a stock photo in order to get the point across. I assume that since I own Office 2010 and I will NOT be violating any of the terms listed in the terms of use, I will be good to use these in my blog posts or Post Thumbnail?

  6. Lowell says:

    @MrGroove. First, I wish my name was that cool. :) Assuming that you’re not selling the art or using it as the “primary value” of your blog and tutorials, I think that’s a safe assumption.

  7. ben says:

    I’m trying to insert pictures into the comment bubbles. all the info i can find says to, insert comment, then select format comment, but i don’t get that option, can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong?

    Thanks