Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Sorting with Graphics.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 4, 2015)
You already know that Excel allows you to place graphics in your worksheets. You may not know, however, that Excel allows you to sort graphics along with the regular data in your tables. For instance, you could create an inventory table that has the requisite part numbers, descriptions, and quantities. You could also include a column that shows a small picture of each inventory item. When you later sort the table, the pictures sort right along with the rest of the data in the table.
If you can't seem to make the graphics sort along with the other data in the table, keep these pointers in mind:
If your graphics still won't sort, the properties of the graphic may have been changed to prohibit sorting. Follow these steps if you are using Excel 2007:
Figure 1. The Properties tab of the Size and Properties dialog box.
The steps are different for users of Excel 2010:
If you are using Excel 2013 the steps are different still:
Figure 2. The Properties settings in the Format Picture task pane.
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