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: Inserting a Picture in Your Worksheet.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 18, 2017)
Excel allows you to insert a wide range of picture (graphic) types in your worksheets. You can insert the following types:
|Picture Type||Filename Extension|
|Compressed Windows Enhanced Metafile||EMZ|
|Compressed Macintosh PICT||PCZ|
|Compressed Windows Metafile||WMZ|
|Computer Graphics Metafile||CGM|
|Graphics Interchange Format||GIF|
|JPEG File Interchange Format||JPG, JPEG, JFIF, JPE|
|Macintosh PICT||PCT, PICT|
|Portable Network Graphics||PNG|
|Scalable Vector Graphics||SVG|
|Tagged Image File Format||TIF, TIFF|
|Windows Bitmap||BMP, DIB, RLE|
|Windows Enhanced Metafile||EMF|
This list looks very inclusive, but you may not be able to insert all of these on your system. The graphic files you can actually import depends on which import filters you installed. (They were installed when you installed Excel or Office.)
To insert a picture in your workbook, follow these steps:
Excel inserts the picture. You can then use the Format tab of the ribbon to change how text wraps around the picture or make other formatting changes to the image.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7760) 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: Inserting a Picture in Your Worksheet.
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