How to Automatically Size Pictures in Powerpoint

By James T Wood

In PowerPoint you have a couple of ways to work smarter and automatically resize pictures as you insert them into the presentation. You can use the Slide Master to create individual slides with pictures on them. Or, you can use the Photo Album tool to insert several pictures, all at once, and have them automatically sized the way you want. The Photo Album tool is ideal for larger sets of pictures while the Slide Master works with one image at a time, as you need it.

Slide Master

Open the PowerPoint presentation where you want to insert the pictures.

Click the "View" tab and then click "Slide Master."

Choose the layout you want to edit from the slide pane. For example, select the "Picture with Caption" layout.

Select the picture placeholder and adjust the size of the placeholder by dragging the handles at its edges. When you're done, click "Close Master View."

Click the "Home" tab and click the arrow under "New Slide." Choose the layout you modified in the Slide Master view.

Click the picture icon in the placeholder on the new slide.

Browse to the location of the image you want to insert. Double-click the image to insert it. PowerPoint automatically sizes it to the placeholder.

Photo Album

Open a new, blank PowerPoint presentation.

Click the "Insert" tab on the ribbon.

Click the arrow under "Photo Album" in the Images section and then click "New Photo Album." A dialog box will appear.

Click "File/Disk" and browse to the location of the photos you want in your album. Press "Ctrl-A" to select all of the photos or hold "Ctrl" and click the individual photos you want to insert in the album. Click "Insert."

Select the layout and frame shape from the drop-down lists in the Album Layout section and then click "Create." Depending on the number of pictures, it can take several minutes to create the album.


You can add, remove and edit the pictures in your photo album at any time.