Inserting images from other sources

You can insert images from sources other than a file:

  • Graphics program
  • Scanner
  • The Gallery

Graphics program

You can use many different graphics programs to edit an image. From these programs, you can select, copy, and paste an image or part of an image into a Writer document. The figure below shows an example of this procedure.

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Follow these steps:

  1. In the graphics program window, select an area of the image to be copied.
  2. Move the cursor over the selected area and press Control+C to copy.
  3. Switch to the Writer window.
  4. Click to place the cursor where the image is to be inserted.
  5. Press Control+V to paste the image.


If a scanner is connected to your computer, Writer can call the scanning application and add the scanned image to the document in one step. To start this procedure, place the cursor where you want the image to appear and select Insert > Picture > Scan > Select Source from the menu bar.

Although this practice is quick and easy, it is unlikely to result in a high-quality image of the correct size. You will usually get better results by scanning material into a graphics program and cleaning it up there before inserting the resulting image into Writer. Gallery

The Gallery contains objects (graphics and sounds) that you can insert into your documents. The Gallery is available in all components of For an introduction to the Gallery, see Getting Started with 3.

You can select an image from the Gallery and drag it into the document. Proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the Gallery icon Gallery icon (located in the right side of the Standard toolbar) or choose Tools > Gallery.
  2. Select the theme containing the image you want to insert.
  3. Click on the image with the left mouse button, then drag and drop the image into the document.

The figure below shows an example of an image dragged from the Gallery.

Inserting an image from the Gallery

Inserting an image from the Gallery

You can also right-click on the object and select Insert > Copy.

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2 comments on “Inserting images from other sources
  1. Saundra says:

    I have inserted a graphic into a spreadsheet in OpenOffice. I have used all of the instructions, on how to do this (I actually already knew) but when I print it, there’s no graphic. I have tried anchoring it differently and bringing it to the front, using different file types gif jpg… to no avail. Any ideas?

  2. admin says:

    Look in Format > Page, on the Sheet tab. Make sure “Objects/graphics” and “Charts” (and possibly “Drawing objects”) are selected. If they are selected, and the graphic doesn’t print, then I don’t know the answer. (I don’t use Calc much, so I’m not familiar with its features and any gotchas.)