Insert an Image in a Report

You can insert an image in a report. You can insert images in other objects, such as blocks or table cells, directly in the report page or as the background image of another object.

Before you begin

The images that you insert must first be uploaded to the IBM® Cognos® Analytics server or another web server and must be .gif or .jpg format.

About this task

The images that are included with Cognos Analytics are in a different location than in IBM Cognos Business Intelligence releases. In Cognos Analytics, the images are located in install_location\webcontent\bi\images. If you have existing reports with hard coded links to IBM Cognos Business Intelligence images, you must copy the images to this folder, or update the image references to the folder.


  1. Click the Toolbox icon Toolbox tab, select Layout, drag the Image object image object icon to the report, and then double-click it.
  2. From the Image Picker box, specify an image in one of these ways:
    • Double-click an image in the Image Gallery.

      Tip: The image gallery must first be created by your administrator. For more information, see the IBM Cognos Analytics Managing Guide.
    • In the text box, type the URL of an image.

    • Click Browse to go to the location that contains the image.

      Tip: To browse images on a web server, you must enable Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) on your web server. For more information about configuring web servers, see the IBM Cognos Analytics Installation and Configuration Guide.