Add the Irish Flag into Word, Excel or PowerPoint

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Find and add the Irish 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 Irish Flag Image

There are many, many copies of the Irish 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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Ireland.svg.  Below the image are a choice of images to download – right-click and choose ‘Save link as…’ (or similar depending on browser).

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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.

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Click the funnel icon to filter the search.

Irish 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 Irish flag are:

Green: 22, 155 98
White: 255, 255, 255
Orange: 255, 136, 62

Flag Protocol

There are no legal restrictions on the use of the flag, but it should be treated with appropriate respect at all times, and displayed according to the following guidelines:

  • The flag should never have slogans, logos, lettering or pictures of any kind placed on it.
  • When displayed horizontally, the green should be on the left.
  • When displayed vertically, the green should be at the top.

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Irish Shamrock

The Shamrock is very easily available in Office 365/2019 because it’s an Icon.  Go to Insert | Icon and search for ‘Shamrock’.

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The default is black, to recolor go to Graphics Format | Graphics Fill and choose another color.  We’ve used the green shade from the Irish flag (see above).

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If the Shamrock icon doesn’t suit or you have earlier versions of Office, there are many, many Shamrock pictures and clipart on the web.  Google or Bing image searches for ‘Shamrock’ or ‘Shamrock clipart’ will find plenty of choices.

Insert Irish 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.

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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 Soft Edges add a little visual interest without distorting the flag to a level that might offend.

Shadow

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

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Reflection

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

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Soft Edges

Soft edges is another choice.

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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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