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: Non-Tiled Background Pictures.

Non-Tiled Background Pictures

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 21, 2013)

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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, and 2013. 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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2016-03-15 13:30:27

SHL

Another option is to add the image to the header. The image is not restricted to the header, and will appear behind the sheet in 'page layout' view and on the printed page.


2014-03-13 12:20:08

Abbassi Tarek

Use black "fill" for all the sheet then select the background image area -->"no fill"


2013-09-22 20:10:47

Rob

Be careful of file size, many people use images that are too large - either by the number of pixels, or have a larger colour depth than required. Background images do not need to be 24-bit - they can be converted to 256 colours (or in many cases 16 colours if it is a logo) and the file size will be significantly smaller.


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