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Tutorial – MS Excel – How to insert a picture in a Microsoft excel worksheet

Updated on August 7, 2013

Inserting picture in a Microsoft excel file is very simple. Did you know that you can not only insert a picture into an excel sheet but you can also format it within the excel worksheet. Read on to know how...

Here's a step-by-step tutorial to insert a picture in a Microsoft excel worksheet.


1. Open the worksheet where the picture is to be inserted.

2. Click on a cell and go to 'Insert' Menu and click on 'Picture'.

3. Browse to the path where the picture is located. Select the picture and click on “Insert”.

4. The picture gets inserted into the selected cell.

5. Format your picture:

a. Picture Tools: Now you can format your picture using the “Picture tools” menu available in the Microsoft excel sheet.

b. Picture Border: You can apply a border to your picture. Just use the “picture border” feature and choose a border of your choice.

c. Picture Styles: You can apply various styles to your picture by choosing from the available set of options. For e.g. you can add a metal frame to your picture.

d. Other Options: You can also use other options like Corrections, Color and Artistic effects to format your picture.

e. Rotate Picture: You can also rotate your picture horizontally, vertically or at a particular angle using the “rotate” option.


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      John Cartier 3 years ago

      Hi Nehanatu86, thank you for taking the time to share this tutorial. We heavily utilize Excel and up until recently we were all using the steps you described here. Our company frequently creates picture catalogs in Excel to send out to buyers and we have constantly changing SKU's to work with and several custom document to prepare daily. Luckily, we came across an add-in for Excel which took us from inserting images manually to a whole different level. It saves our company enormous amounts of time, money and helps us concentrate on the business. Check it out if you’d like! The app is called Picture Manager for Excel and it automatically inserts pictures (sized fit to cells) onto single or multiple workbooks - their web site is

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