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How to enlarge image when click on it in Excel?

Supposing you have inserted a list of pictures into a column and matched the picture sizes with the cell sizes as below screenshot shown. As the inserted picture looks small, you may need to enlarge it for some purposes. This article will show you method of enlarging a picture when click on it in Excel, and recovering to the original size by the second click.

Enlarge image when click on it with VBA code

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The following VBA code can help you to enlarge an image when click on it in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Right click the picture which you need to enlarge by just clicking on it, then click Assign Macro from the context menu. See screenshot:

2. In the Assign Macro dialog box, please click the New button.

3. In the popping up Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the below VBA code between the Sub and End Sub codes. See screenshot:

VBA code: Enlarge image by click on it in Excel

Dim shp As Shape
    Dim big As Single, small As Single
    Dim shpDouH As Double, shpDouOriH As Double
    big = 3   
    small = 1 
    On Error Resume Next
    Set shp = ActiveSheet.Shapes(Application.Caller)
    With shp
        shpDouH = .Height
        .ScaleHeight 1, msoTrue, msoScaleFromTopLeft
        shpDouOriH = .Height
    
        If Round(shpDouH / shpDouOriH, 2) = big Then
            .ScaleHeight small, msoTrue, msoScaleFromTopLeft
            .ScaleWidth small, msoTrue, msoScaleFromTopLeft
            .ZOrder msoSendToBack
        Else
            .ScaleHeight big, msoTrue, msoScaleFromTopLeft
            .ScaleWidth big, msoTrue, msoScaleFromTopLeft
            .ZOrder msoBringToFront
        End If
    End With

Note: In the code, you can assign the large sizes of the picture in the code big = 3.

4. Then press the Alt + Q keys simultaneously to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

From now on, when click on the picture, it will be enlarged to the size you specified, and click it again will recover to the original size as below screenshots shown.


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    David · 8 months ago
    when u have inserted the code and press save the pics gets smaller and smaller... great idea but does not work i´m afraid...
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    slomo · 1 years ago
    This code works well
    But when you open the workbook a second time, the images come out blurred
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    Rodrigo Cabezas · 1 years ago
    Maravilloso funciona perfecto!!!.
    Hay forma que la imagen quede en el cento de la pantalla, solo es una oncesion, nada mas, la macro anda muy bien