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Add the Indian Flag into Word, Excel or PowerPoint

Find and add the Indian flag into Office documents, Word, Excel or PowerPoint, then use some Office picture tools to enhance the image.

The same help applies for any other national flag, just look for a different source.

Get the Indian Flag Image

There are many, many copies of the Indian flag available. We’ve opted for the Wikipedia site because it has an SVG scalable version (preferred) and PNG versions for older MS Office and other programs.

SVG graphics are supported by Office 365 and Office 2019. They maintain high quality regardless of resizing.  Go to  Below the image are a choice of images to download – right-click and choose ‘Save link as…’ (or similar depending on browser).

For Office 365/2019 choose ‘Original file’ which is the SVG version.

Otherwise choose one of the ‘PNG preview’ options. Select a resolution larger than what you’ll need in your document.

An alternative source is the Office image search at Insert | Online pictures.  It gives you many variations to choose from, though not necessarily the current version of the flag.

Click the funnel icon to filter the search.

Indian Flag Colors

The specific colors in the flag are useful to know when designing a document, worksheet or slide.  It helps choose matching or contrasting colors.

The RGB color values of the Indian flag are:

India Saffron: 255, 153, 51
White: 255, 255, 255
India Green: 19, 136, 8
Navy Blue: 0, 0, 128

Flag Protocol

Most of the rules regarding use of the Indian flag only apply to physically flying the flag, but there are a few points that should be considered when using the flag in a document.

  • The flag should not be used for commercial purposes without the previous permission of the Central Government.
  • Lettering of any kind must not be put on the flag.
  • It should never be displayed upside down – the saffron band should always be at the top.
  • When displayed vertically, the saffron band should be to the left.

Insert Indian Flag to Word, PowerPoint or Excel

Once the flag image is saved to your computer, it’s the usual process to insert into a document.  Go to Insert | Pictures, and choose the image you just downloaded.

In Office, you can resize and position the image just like any other.

Flag Effects

Once you have the image in Office, all the usual Office Graphic or Picture Format options are available. Note that if you are using an SVG file, you will have a Graphics Options tab on the ribbon, when you click on the image, whereas if you are using another image format, it will say Picture Format.

Some of the Graphics Effects like Shadow, Reflection and Bevel add a little visual interest without distorting the flag to a level that might offend.


For a nice little shadow effect, try Graphics Effects | Shadow | Outer which adds a little ‘shadow’ to the right and bottom of the image.


Reflection is another way to add a little effect to an image.

Beveled Edges

Beveled edges is another choice.

Beyond these choices there are many more available, especially if you’re using an SVG. Graphics Fill or Graphics Outline can change the colors of an image.

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