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Inserted pictures behave unpredictably


When you insert pictures onto slides, sometimes they appear inside placeholders, sometimes not.

Why? How can you predict what will happen?

And why does it matter?

What will happen?

It depends on the version of PowerPoint you're working with.

First, what do we mean by "appear inside placeholders"?

When you insert a picture into PowerPoint 2003 and earlier:

When you insert a picture into PowerPoint 2007 and later:

And why we care

Pictures inserted into placeholders in PowerPoint 2007 and later are automatically "downsampled" to lower resolution.

You may want to use the placeholder for other types of content.

Note: If you're not a coder, close or avert your eyes. This next bit could make your head hurt otherwise.

Pictures in placeholders don't behave exactly the same as regular pictures when you're using VBA or other code to work with them.

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Inserted pictures behave unpredictably
Last update 07 August, 2013
Created: 07 August, 2013