How to Insert Graphics Into PageMaker Documents

Two Methods:Selecting and Dragging Your PictureUsing a Placeholder

There are good news and bad news about inserting a graphic into PageMaker. The good news is that it's easy. The bad news is that it's obsolete. Your best bet would be to upgrade to the newer InDesign. If, for some reason, you're stuck using PageMaker, the process for inserting graphics is, luckily, the same.

Method 1
Selecting and Dragging Your Picture

  1. 1
    Go to File > Place. Then, browse to and select your desired graphic. Your cursor will turn into a box.
  2. 2
    Click to drop your graphic where you want it on the page.

Method 2
Using a Placeholder

  1. 1
    Create a placeholder by drawing a rectangle on the page where you want the graphic.
  2. 2
    Select the placeholder then File > Place.
  3. 3
    Browse to and select your desired graphic. Your graphic will appear in the rectangle.
  4. 4
    Use Edit > Object > Fit to fit the graphic to the placeholder as desired.


  • Keyboard shortcuts are very useful Ctrl+D will open the Place menu. Learn it. You'll use it all the time. This was true in PageMaker and is true in InDesign. Ctrl+Alt+C will fit your graphic proportionally to the placeholder.


  • Please know that Adobe stopped supporting PageMaker back in 2001. If, however, for some ungodly reason, you're really using PageMaker, the process is the same, and may you someday be unchained from your dungeon desk.

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