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How to show image on mouseover in Excel?

In some cases, you may want to insert an image that only shows when the mouse is over it in Excel, and here I will tell you how to make such a pop-up picture in Excel.

Insert a pop-up picture by using comment

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In Excel, if you want to insert a pop-up picture, you need the aid of a comment.

1. Select a cell that you want to place the image at, and then right click to select Insert Comment from the context menu. See screenshot:

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2. Then a comment is inserted in the cell, and place the pointer at the border of the comment until the pointer change to a cross with arrows. And then right click to select Format Comment from the context menu. See screenshot:

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3. In the Format Comment dialog, click Colors and Lines tab, and then click the down-arrow from Color, and select Fill Effects. See screenshot:

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4. Click Picture tab and then click Select Picture to select a picture you need, then click Insert. See screenshots:

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Note: In Excel 2013, after clicking the SelectPicture button in the Fill effects dialog, specify the From a file option, and then select a picture and click the Insert button.

5. Click OK > OK to close dialogs. Then you will see the picture is inserted in the comment. See screenshot:

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6. Then you can click the comment, and delete the user name, and then a pop-up picture has made. See screenshot:
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Tip: You need to make sure the Show All Comments is not active on the Review tab.

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    Steve · 2 years ago
    Great tip - thanks for this! I was wondering how to place pictures in Excel which only appear when you need them - for instance, in a catalogue of parts.
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    TWL · 2 years ago
    I added the comment/picture in a cell above freeze panel. and when I scroll down on the page, the display (the Comment/picture) got covered up, how can I make the comment/picture shows at all times?
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    Kim · 2 years ago
    I have tried to right click on the boarder, but the only options that appear are grouping and arrange. Is there another way? I have Excel 2016
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    Luke · 2 years ago
    Can this be done in excel 2010?
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    David · 2 years ago
    I was successful the first time i tried but then for the cell directly beneath MS Excel would stop working and close automatically. Any ideas what's going on? Thanks!
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    Eric · 2 years ago
    Great solution. It would have taken me a month of Sundays to figure that out. It worked perfect for my eBay selling spreadsheet, as I can now see a picture of the sold item when I hover over the name. Thanks!
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    jason · 3 years ago
    Is there a way to do this with less steps, like a Macro? I would like to create a template where it is easy and quick to add photos to a comment like this. Does anyone know if this is possible?
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      Not A Nice Guy · 3 years ago
      @JASON:Go fuck Your self
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        lol · 3 years ago
        [quote name="Not A Nice Guy"]@JASON:Go fuck Your self[/quote]
        I had a wee chuckle, lol :D
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    Tonja · 4 years ago
    When I click on the format comments - I don't get the same screen shown above. It only gives me a font option - I don't get all of the other options. I am using Excel 2013 is there something you have to do to enable the full options for the format comments?
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      robert · 11 months ago
      This is problem I got as well :(
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      MoondustNL · 4 years ago
      @Tonja,

      have you the comment selected (blinking I inside comment) or the box of the commend? You should not see the blinking I inside the comment box.
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      Geosage · 4 years ago
      Tonja, you need to select the outside edge of the comment box, if you are in 'text edit mode' then it will show text format options.
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    Lior · 4 years ago
    Nice solution!
    Can I do something similiar in Google Sheets?