Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. 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: Non-Tiled Background Pictures.

Non-Tiled Background Pictures

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated February 20, 2024)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


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When you add a background picture to an Excel worksheet, the picture is "tiled" so that it fills the whole screen, over and over again. For some background images, this is a great effect. For others, it is bothersome. In these cases, you may want to have only a single copy of the background image appear on-screen.

There is no way to do this directly within Excel, however. The only option is the tiling of background images. You can reduce the bothersome effects of the tiling, though, by loading the background image into your favorite graphics editing program and simply increasing the size of the canvas on which the image is located. You should make the canvas the same size as a full sheet of paper, with the actual image centered on the canvas. Save the new image and use it for your background.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8149) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Non-Tiled Background Pictures.

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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 two more than 7?

2024-02-23 12:12:31

Tomek

Using background is not that useful. it only affects the display; I didn't find any way to print it.
Even using graphic program to make the canvas the same size as a full sheet of paper, with the actual image centered on the canvas does not stop the background from tiling, unless you make your canvas so huge it cover the whole sheet A1:XFD1048576.
Also, the image is not scaled by your viewing zoom. It is linked to the size of the screen. If you zoom in, the image size stays the same screen size, so it changes its position versus cells. (see Figure 1 below) and (see Figure 2 below)

Figure 1. 

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