How to Put an Avatar in PowerPoint

by Filonia LeChat

When you spend time chatting over the Internet, sharing thoughts on a website forum or playing online games, you're represented by a small graphic file called an avatar. The avatar lets other participants know you're there and may be anything from an actual photo of you to a generic icon, such as an exclamation point or star. Avatar file formats are just like any other image format and may be used elsewhere, such as in a PowerPoint presentation. Add an avatar to a PowerPoint slideshow with just a couple of quick clicks.


Open PowerPoint. Click the "File" tab at the top of the screen. Select "Open" and browse to the presentation you want to add the avatar to. Double-click the name of the slideshow and it opens in the PowerPoint workspace.


Press the "Page Down" button on the keyboard or scroll through the small pictures in the slide deck on the left side of the screen to reach the slide you want.


Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Picture" button, second from left on the ribbon/toolbar below the tab. A navigation window opens.


Browse to the avatar file name and double-click it. The avatar opens on the slide. Drag it into place as preferred.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.