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Saving a Range as a Graphic Image
Saving a Range as a Graphic Image
If you need to save a range as a graphic image, the best approach is to use one of several screen
capture programs that are available. This type of software makes it easy to capture complete
windows, or just a portion of a window. After you capture the screen, click a button to save it as
a graphics image in the format you choose (GIF, PNT, TIF, and so on).
If you don’t’ have a screen capture program, you probably have some other type of graphics
software. When you copy a range of cells, that range is stored on the Windows Clipboard in
several different formats. One of those formats is a graphic image. Therefore, you can copy a range,
activate your graphics software, and press Ctrl+V to paste the range as a graphic. Then, save the
graphics file in your desired format.
Figure 145-1 shows a range after it was copied and pasted into IrfanView.
Figure 145-1: A range of data, ready to be saved as a graphic image.
Copying is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get thing. For example, if the selected range contains a
chart, the chart will also appear in the image.
You may have noticed that Excel 2010 includes a new Screenshot command. (It’s in the Insert
Illustrations group on the Ribbon.) This command sounds more useful than it is. Ideally, it would
allow you to capture a portion of the screen and save it as a graphics image. But it doesn’t. It lets
you capture the window of another application and then paste it into your worksheet.
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