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How to extract images from comments in Excel?

In Excel, you can insert image into the comment as easily as you can, but, have you ever considered extracting the images from comment boxes into cells or into a specific folder? This article, I will talk about how to extract the images from comments.

Extract and save images from comments into a folder with Save As function

Extract images from comments into cells with VBA code

arrow blue right bubbleExtract and save images from comments into a folder with Save As function

If you want to extract and save the images from comments into a folder, please do as follows:

1. Copy the sheet which contains the comments with images that you want to save into a new blank workbook.

doc extract image from comment 1

2. And then click File > Save As to save this new workbook as Web Page format in a specific folder, see screenshot:

doc extract image from comment 2

3. Then click Save button to save the file, then go to the specific folder to view the saved images, two files are generated in the folder, one is the html file, and another is a folder that contains all the images and other files, see screenshot:

doc extract image from comment 3

arrow blue right bubbleExtract images from comments into cells with VBA code

If you want to extract the images from comments into cells as following screenshot shown, here, I can create a VBA code for you, please do as this:

doc extract image from comment 4

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Extract images from comments into cells:

Sub CommentPictures()
'Updateby Extendoffcie 20161207
    Dim cmt As Comment
    Dim xRg As Range
    Dim visBool As Boolean
    Dim cmtTxt As String
    Dim jpgPath As String
    Dim shpHeight As Integer, shpWidth As Integer
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    For Each cmt In ActiveSheet.Comments
        With cmt
            cmtTxt = .Text
            shpHeight = .Shape.Height
            shpWidth = .Shape.Width
            .Text Text:="" & Chr(10) & ""
            visBool = .Visible
            .Visible = True
            On Error Resume Next
            Set xRg = .Parent.Offset(0, 1)
            .Shape.CopyPicture _
              Appearance:=xlScreen, Format:=xlPicture
            Selection.ShapeRange.LockAspectRatio = msoFalse
            Selection.Width = xRg.Width
            Selection.Height = xRg.Height
            .Visible = visBool
            .Text Text:=cmtTxt
        End With
    Next cmt
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and all the images of the comments in current worksheet have been extracted into the next column cells, see screenshot:

doc extract image from comment 4

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    Jacob · 11 months ago
    Thank you!! I had previously inserted pictures into comments for a document and then deleted the pictures only to have someone ask me for copies of only the pictures. This was very straightforward and saved me. Thanks again!
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      Brice Barrier · 7 months ago
      Very interesting post. Thanks a lot.

      But I do not see how to use it to use the picture for a button of my CommandBar. Let me explain.

      I want to share my Excel sheets without sending separatly images for buttons as jpg files (.Picture = LoadPicture(ImageFile).

      So I want to hide the images in some hidden cells or in some comments.
      No issue to hide the images.
      But I do not succeed to get them afterward to initialize my buttons.

      Any idea for this ?

      Thanks for your time.