Solutions to the Removal of Microsoft Clip Gallery

Teachers loved the Clip Gallery at Office.com. It transformed Microsoft’s Office suite from a productivity tool for business people into a creativity tool for students. For years the Clip Gallery has made it easy to integrate technology into learning. For example, producing digital stories with animated scenes in PowerPoint, storybook pages with illustrations in Word, and informative posters in Publisher were some of the fun activities students enjoyed.

The removal of a bank of quality images, animated gifs, and audio clips has been a shock. The good news is that you can still use Microsoft Office in the classroom to engage your students in meaningful projects. Here are some solutions to common problems.

Finding Clip Art

Microsoft has set the default picture type to Photographs when inserting clip art or online pictures. Add clip art to any search term to find high-quality illustrations.

Set Transparent Color

Many of the clip art images that are provided through Bing Image Search are on a white background. This can be a problem when placing them on a colorful PowerPoint slide or when trying to stack images to produce a scene in Word. To solve this problem, use the Set Transparent Color tool. This option tends to work the best if there is very little white in the clip art.

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Use Set Transparent Color tool.

  1. Select the clip art with the unwanted background.
  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, click COLOR (or RECOLOR) from the Adjust group.
  3. Click the SET TRANSPARENT COLOR tool. Click the white background on the clip art.
  4. The white unwanted background will be removed.
    1. Remove Background Tool

      If you cannot use the Set Transparent Color tool because there is too much white in the image, you will need to use the Remove Background Tool.

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      Use Remove Background Tool.

      1. Select the clip art with the unwanted background.
      2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, click REMOVE BACKGROUND from the Adjust group.
      3. Drag a box around the image.
      4. Click KEEP CHANGES
      5. The white unwanted background will be removed.
        1. Gather Animated GIFs

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          Select ANIMATED GIF.

          Bad news! Motion clips are difficult to insert using Bing Image Search built into the Office programs. Animated GIFS were often used by students to produce animated scenes in PowerPoint. To solve this problem, have your students use their web browser to located animated GIFS.

          1. Open a web browser and visit www.bing.com
          2. Click IMAGES.
          3. Type in a search word and press SEARCH.
          4. From the TYPE menu, select ANIMATED GIF.
          5. Rest the mouse over an image to see it animate.
          6. Copy and paste an animated gif into PowerPoint. Or save the file, then insert the animation as a picture file.

          Save an Audio File from the Internet

          The audio clips that were part of the Office.com Clip Gallery made it easy to add a sound track or sound effect to a digital story in PowerPoint. You can use the Internet to locate audio files by including the search phrase sound effect mp3.

          1. Type keyword sound effect mp3 into a web browser search box.
          2. Click on a search result.
          3. To save a sound file, right click on it. Select SAVE TARGET AS. Type in a filename. Click Save.
          4. Or look for an MP3 or WAV button. Click on it to download the sound.

          Use SoundBible.com

          One place you can go to find free sound clips, sound bites, and sound effects is SoundBible.com.

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          Use SoundBible.com

          1. Visit SoundBible.com
          2. In the search bar type a keyword then press SEARCH
          3. Click on LISTEN button to preview a sound.
          4. When you find a sound you like, click on the link.
          5. Click either the WAV or MP3 icon to download the file.

          Record Audio

          If your students do not have download privileges and they cannot save sound files from the Internet, a creative solution is to have them make their own!

          Record audio.

          Record audio.

          1. Plug in a microphone.
          2. In PowerPoint, from the Insert menu, click AUDIO. From the menu, select RECORD AUDIO.
          3. Type in a name
          4. Click the RECORD button and make the sound.
          5. When finished click the STOP button.
          6. Click PLAY to preview the sound.
          7. Click OK to insert the sound onto a slide.

          TechnoKids is Updating our Projects

          The good news is that TechnoKids is updating our technology projects due to the removal of the Office.com Clip Gallery. Office 2013 projects will be complete by next week. We should be done all changes to Office 2010 and Office 2007 projects in a few weeks.

Christa Love

About Christa Love

Christa Love, Vice President - Christa Love has a passion for education and technology. A graduate from Brock University she has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, Bachelor of Education in Primary and Junior divisions, and Masters of Education in the area of Curriculum Studies. Her work at TechnoKids Inc. began more than ten years ago as an instructor at a local learning center. Since that time she has operated the summer camp program, taught at the research and development center at John Knox Christian School, trained educators throughout the province on issues related to technology integration, and overseen the curriculum development of hundreds of technology projects. In recent years, Christa has become the vice president of TechnoKids Inc.