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Pictures in AutoShapes in Excel

When you insert a picture into a AutoShape, Excel automatically sizes the picture to fit the shape. You can change the size of the picture, if necessary, by dragging a sizing handle. To move the picture within the AutoShape, click the picture, and then drag it to a new location. If you want to move the AutoShape but keep the picture in place, click the AutoShape, and then drag it.

You can also use the Picture Tools Format tab commands to crop, compress, or delete the image.

To crop a picture

  1. Click the picture that you want to crop.
  2. On the Picture Tools Format tab, in the Size group, click the Crop button .
  3. Drag a cropping handle until the part of the picture that you want is visible in the selection area.

To compress a picture

Compressing pictures can reduce file size and improve performance when working with your workbook over a network or on a slow computer. You can compress all pictures in your workbook or just selected pictures.

  1. On the Picture Tools Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Compress Pictures.
    • All pictures in document: All pictures are compressed and any areas of solid color are removed from each image. This option is best for documents that will be viewed onscreen because it produces smaller file sizes without noticeable degradation in image quality.
      • Print: Only those areas of solid color are removed from each image. This option is best for documents that will be printed because it doesn't significantly reduce file size while still providing some compression.

You can also change how text wraps around a shape or object by clicking Wrap Text. For more information about wrapping text around objects, see Wrap text around a shape or object.

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