How to Insert a Graphic File in Microsoft Excel Worksheet

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SUMMARY

In Microsoft Excel it is possible to insert graphics files. The type of file you can insert depends on the graphic import filters that are installed on your computer. Typically, filters are installed when you install software programs that use graphics import filters (which filters are installed will depend on the options that you choose when install a program).

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To insert a graphic file onto a Microsoft Excel worksheet:

  1. Select the cell you want to be the upper-left corner of the graphic.
  2. In Microsoft Excel 97, point to Picture on the Insert menu, and click From File. In Microsoft Excel 5.0 and 7.0, click Picture on the Insert menu.
  3. By default, all of the graphic file types that are installed are listed. You can filter specific file types by clicking the appropriate file type in the Files Of Type box.
  4. The Insert Picture dialog box defaults to the current file folder for Microsoft Excel. Change the folder to the folder your graphic files are located, and click the file you want to insert. Click OK.
  5. You can drag the picture to reposition it.
The following table lists the graphics file import filters that are available with Microsoft Excel versions 5.0, 7.0 and 97, and Microsoft Office versions 4.2, 4.3, 7.0, and 97. If a filter is not available, you will need to use the Setup in maintenance mode add it.

                                       XL5 w/       XL7 w/       XL97 w/ 
Format (File Extension)           XL5  Office  XL7  Office  XL97 Office

Autocad Format 2-D (dxf)                  x            x             x
Autocad Plot file (adi)                   x
CompuServe GIF (gif)                      x            x      x      x
Computer Graphics Metafile (cgm)   x      x     x      x             x
Corel Draw (cdr)                          x     x      x      x      x
DrawPerfect (wpg)                         x            x             x
Encapsulated PostScript (eps)      x      x     x      x      x      x
HP Graphics Language (hgl)         x      x     x      x
HP Plotter Print file (plt)               x
JPEG file interchange format (jpg)                     x      x      x
Kodak Photo CD (pcd)                      x            x             x
Lotus 1-2-3 Graphics (pic)                x
Macintosh PICT (pct)                      x            x      x      x
Micrografix Designer/Draw (drw)           x     x      x      x      x
PC Paintbrush (pcx)                x      x     x      x      x      x
Tagged Image Format (tif)          x      x     x      x      x      x
Targa (tga)                               x            x             x
Windows bitmaps (bmp)                     x            x      x      x
Windows DIB (dib)                         x                   x      x
Windows metafile (wmf)             x      x     x      x      x      x
Windows Enhanced metafile (emf)                               x      x
Portable Network Graphics (png)                               x      x
				

REFERENCES

Microsoft Excel 97

For more information about importing pictures, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel help, type the following text

   pictures, importing
				


and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Ways to insert pictures and clip art in a workbook" topic.

Microsoft Excel 7.0

For more information about importing pictures, click the Index tab in Microsoft Excel help, type the following text

   pictures, importing
				


and then double-click the selected text to go to the "Share information between Office applications" topic.

Microsoft Excel 5.0

Microsoft Excel "User's Guide," version 5.0, page 712

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Article ID: 142133 - Last Review: August 17, 2005 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
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