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: Positioning a Graphic in a Macro.

Positioning a Graphic in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 10, 2020)

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Felix is writing a macro to add a graphic to a worksheet. He needs to position the graphic relative to the top-left corner of a particular cell. He wonders how he can place the graphic, within the macro code, so it is just to the right and beneath the upper-left corner of a given cell.

This task is relatively easy to do if you realize that each cell in a worksheet has both a Top and Left property that defines the location of both the top and left edges of the cell. You can adjust those values, slightly, to get the offset that you want, in this manner:

Dim rCell As Range
Set rCell = Range("A2")
With ActiveSheet.Shapes("Picture 1")
    .Top = rCell.Top + 5
    .Left = rCell.Left + 3
End With

Note that after this code is executed the graphic (defined by the name Picture 1) is placed just below the top edge of cell A2 and just to the right of its left edge.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9726) 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: Positioning a Graphic in a Macro.

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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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2022-01-18 11:29:13

J. Woolley

@Michael Simons
This macro will put an "X" in each picture/shape's top-left cell, then delete the picture/shape:

Sub ShapeX()
For Each s In ActiveSheet.Shapes
s.TopLeftCell.Value = "X"
s.Delete
Next s
End Sub

My Excel Toolbox includes this dynamic array function:
=ListShapes([AllSheets],[SkipHeader])
This will return the following columns for each shape:
Range, Type, Shape Name, Link Formula, Macro Name, Hyperink Address
In older versions of Excel you can use it with the SpillArray function like this:
=SpillArray(ListShapes([AllSheets],[SkipHeader]))
See https://sites.google.com/view/MyExcelToolbox/


2022-01-17 16:29:39

Michael Simons

Related to Positioning a Graphic in a Macro. Would there be a way of determining the position of a pictures relative to a cell address in Excel VBA? The reason for this, many SAP reports have a graphic that is a hyperlink in SAP, but when exported to Excel. I would like to be able to put a text value (say "X") in the cell under the graphic that will then make the work sheet filterable. If there were only a dozen rows it would be easy. But when there are hundreds or thousands it become s impractical. Was thinking - loop through all pictures, underlying cell value = "X", delete picture. This is a screen shot.
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