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: Taking Pictures.

Taking Pictures

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 24, 2018)

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Excel allows you to capture "pictures" of your worksheets that you can use in other worksheets. This may sound odd, but it is quite helpful at times. You capture pictures by using the Camera tool. This tool is not available on the various Excel ribbons; you need to add it to the Quick Access toolbar using the techniques covered in other issues of ExcelTips.

With the Camera tool in place, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cells or range of which you want a picture taken.
  2. Click on the Camera tool (the one added to the Quick Access toolbar). The mouse pointer changes to a large plus sign.
  3. Change to a different worksheet.
  4. Click where you want the top left-hand corner of the picture to appear. The picture is inserted as a graphic on the worksheet.

Now you can manipulate the picture the same as you would any other graphic—stretch it, resize it, crop it, move it, or whatever. The really cool thing, however, is that the picture is dynamic. This means that if you change the information in the original range (that you selected in step 1), then the information in the picture changes as well.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8111) 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: Taking Pictures.

Author Bio

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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2018-03-29 05:46:18

Nick from Londom

I have used the camera tool with a table of different diagrams 1 per cell in a hidden worksheet. Then by manipulating the camera source range I can change the diagram depending on a value in a cell.



2018-03-27 08:22:15

Allen Cody

Also if the worksheet is password protected against changes the camera tool won't work. At least it didn't for me.


2018-03-26 05:08:21

Henry Arthur

Ben, I agree that 'Snippet' is easier if you want a fixed snapshot, but it doesn't take an interactive 'picture'. As Allen mentioned above, the picture is dynamic.


2018-03-24 12:57:17

Allen Cody

I do a lot of cutting and pasting of Excel worksheets and tables into MS Word. A simple technique is to highlight the area (cells) of the worksheet you want to paste into Word, then do a past option as a picture (metafile).


2018-03-24 09:38:34

Ben amer

Thank you for sharing,..
Can't we use Snippt Tool .. And bypass the all that steps?


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