Join us in a hunt for facemask graphics and icons to use in Word documents and PowerPoint slides.
The obvious place for Office 365 customers to look is Microsoft’s Icon feature. This is a cloud service which can download SVG graphics (Microsoft calls them Icons).
Sadly, there’s no medical face mask icons available.
It’s a shame that Microsoft hasn’t acted in these strange times to add some appropriate SVG graphics for facemasks. Microsoft can add more graphics at any time. They have in the past and because Icons are sourced from Microsoft’s cloud customers can get them immediately.
The closest possible from Microsoft’s offerings is the ‘eyeshade’ icon (fourth from the left). Flip it horizontally and change Graphics Format | Graphics Outline to black with a thick line (Weight 6pt). The latter fill up the white blocks. It’s not very good and we can do better elsewhere.
Image search for facemask
Google image search has plenty of results for ‘face mask medical’
Maybe one of those images will suit you, we’re looking for a graphic.
There’s surprisingly few SVG graphics available with broad licencing (i.e. with modification).
The main one is an SVG version of a face with mask emoji on Wikimedia.
Download this image as a SVG graphic (Office 365) or PNG file for earlier versions of Office. More on the Face Mask emoji a little later.
Pixabay to the rescue
Pixabay is a good image and graphics collection and they have some face mask options available.
Another option is this image from Publicdomainpictures.net (left) or cropped to just the face with mask (right)
There’s a medical mask emoji, Unicode 1F637 officially called “Face with Medical Mask”
In Windows it’s available in the Segoe UI Emoji font. In Office go to Insert | Symbols, select the font and type in character code 1F637 to jump to the emoji.
In Windows 10, use the loathsome Emoji panel (Win + . ) and search for ‘mask’.
Beware the emoji trap … emoji look different depending on the operating system or device.
Even in Windows, emoji can look different. The Windows 8.1 version of this emoji looks like a building worker mask, it was changed for Windows 10 to the medical mask version.