Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Moving and Copying Graphics Objects.

Moving and Copying Graphics Objects

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 20, 2017)

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To move an object, click on one of the lines that make up the object. You should see handles (small boxes in Excel 2007, Excel 2010, or Excel 2013; small circles in Excel 2016) appear around the edges of the object. When the handles appear, point to one of the lines in the object—do not point to the handles. Click and hold down the mouse button and move the mouse. The object is dragged along with the mouse pointer. When you release the mouse button, the object stays at the new position.

When you want to copy a graphics object, select the object as already described. Then, press Ctrl+C to copy the object to the Clipboard. You can then press Ctrl+V to paste the object in the worksheet. You can then move the newly pasted object to where you want it to appear.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7733) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Moving and Copying Graphics Objects.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 6 - 4?

2017-05-02 10:51:19

Dave Wolf

Remember also that holding down the Ctrl key while clicking and dragging an object will create a duplicate copy when the click is released, and may be simpler and more-accurate for locating the item than a Ctrl-V paste.


2013-01-12 13:34:39

Jerry

Another quick way to copy an object is the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+D (as in "duplicate"). Then drag the new copy where you want it. You can also use the drag method as described in the tip, but before releasing the mouse button, hold down the Ctrl key.


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