Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
To make changes to any embedded object, double-click the object. The source program
starts, and the object file opens, allowing you to make modifications.
After you create or insert a graphic object, Excel provides plenty of powerful tools you can
use to modify it. Most of these tools are on hidden ribbon tabs that appear only when an
object is selected. Three types of hidden tabs exist, depending on the object you select:
SmartArt Tools, Drawing Tools, or Picture Tools appear on a menu bar above the new tabs.
All three types include a Format tab; SmartArt Tools includes an additional tab, Design,
which is discussed in “Creating SmartArt” earlier in this chapter. The controls available on
the Format tab change depending on the type of object selected.
Using picture tools
When you select an inserted picture or piece of clip art, you can use the Format tab under
Picture Tools to make some rather extreme adjustments to the image. Although the source
program that created an imported picture probably offers more options, you can do a
surprising amount of formatting within Excel as well. All the basics are there, including tools
for rotating and aligning images, adding borders, and cropping, but Excel now includes
some surprisingly advanced formatting tools as well. Take a look at the largest group on the
Format tab, Picture Styles, shown in Figure 10-27.
As Figure 10-27 shows, simply resting the pointer on a thumbnail in the Picture Styles
gallery temporarily displays the selected picture using that style. The same functionality
applies to most other galleries available on the Format tab.
Figure 10-27 This version of the Format tab appears when a picture is selected.