Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Adding Great-Looking Graphics
the size (in pixels) of the image in the lower-left corner of the Insert Pictures
dialog box.
To get a better view of a particular image whose thumbnail is highlighted or
selected in the list, click the View Larger button that appears in the
thumbnail’s lower-right corner (the magnifying glass with a plus sign in it). Excel
then displays a slightly larger version of the thumbnail in the center of the
dialog box while at the same time blurring out all the other thumbnails in the
To insert one of the located images into the current worksheet,
doubleclick its thumbnail if it’s not already selected in the list. If the thumbnail is
selected, you can insert the image by clicking the Insert button or by
pressing Enter.
Keep in mind that the major difference between downloading a clip art image
and downloading an image with Bing is that, by and large, most clip art images
are drawn illustrations whereas almost all the images located through Bing are
Inserting local images
If the image you want to use in a worksheet is saved on your computer in
one of the local or network drives, you can insert it by selecting the Pictures
command button on the Insert tab of the Ribbon (Alt+NP). Doing this opens
the Insert Picture dialog box (which works just like opening an Excel
workbook file in the Open dialog box) where you open the folder and select the
local graphics file and then import it into the worksheet by clicking the Insert
If you want to bring in a graphic image created in another graphics program
that isn’t saved in its own file, select the graphic in that program and then
copy it to the Clipboard (press Ctrl+C). When you get back to your worksheet,
place the cursor where you want the picture to appear and then paste the
image (press Ctrl+V or click the Paste command button at the beginning of the
Home tab).
Editing inserted pictures
When you first insert an image into the worksheet, it’s selected
automatically, indicated by the sizing handles around its perimeter and its rotation
handle at the top (see Figure 10-11). To deselect the clip art image and set it
in the worksheet, click anywhere in the worksheet outside of the image.
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