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Create a picture from cells, a chart, or an object in Excel

If needed, you can copy worksheet data, charts, or objects and paste them as a static picture anywhere in a worksheet or chart. You can also paste data that you copied from another program and paste it as a picture in Microsoft Office Excel.

Copy data as a picture in Excel

  1. To clear cell gridlines if you do not want them displayed in your picture, do the following:

    1. Click File > Options.

    2. In the Advanced category, under Display options for this worksheet, clear the Show gridlines check box.

  2. On the worksheet or chart sheet, select the cells or click the chart or object that you want to copy as a picture.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow below Paste, click As Picture, and then click Copy as Picture.

    The Clipboard group on the Home tab

  4. In the Copy Picture dialog box, do the following:

    1. Under Appearance, click the option that you want to use.

    2. Under Format, click the option that you want to use.

    Tip: For the best picture quality, make sure that the As shown on screen and Picture options are selected. However, to preserve picture quality, items that you copy by using the As shown on screen and Picture options are always pasted at 100% of their original size. For example, if you scale a worksheet at 75%, a copied item from that worksheet may appear larger because it is pasted at actual size.

  5. Click OK.

  6. On the worksheet or other document, click where you want to paste the picture.

  7. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste Button image or press CTRL+V.

Optionally, you can modify this picture if necessary. For more information, see the Format pictures section in Insert pictures.

Copy data from another program and paste it as a picture in Excel

  1. In another program, such as Word, use that program's Copy command to copy the data that you want to paste as a picture in Excel.

  2. In Excel, click anywhere in a worksheet or chart where you want to paste the copied data as a picture.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow below Paste, and select Paste Special.

  4. In the Paste Special dialog box, select between Paste as Picture or Paste Picture as Link depending on how you want to paste the picture, and then under As select Picture (Enhanced Metafile), and click OK.

  5. On the Format tab, make any changes as necessary.

Optionally, you can modify this picture if necessary. For more information, see the Format pictures section in Insert pictures.

Need more help?

You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community, get support in the Answers community, or suggest a new feature or improvement on Excel User Voice.

See Also

Copy cell data and paste attributes only

Move or copy cells and cell contents

Paste values, not formulas

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