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How to insert and delete images or background images in Excel

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-07-17

In this tutorial, we will explore how to insert images directly into a workbook and set them as the background of a worksheet in Microsoft Excel. While adding images can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your spreadsheets, the process might seem complex at first. We will provide clear steps to not only insert and delete images directly in Excel but also to effectively place background images in your worksheets. Whether you aim to add decorative elements or functional visuals, this guide will assist you in managing images seamlessly in Excel.


arrow blue right bubbleInsert and delete images and pictures in Microsoft Excel

If you want to insert a picture into the workbook directly, you can follow these steps to do it:

Step 1: Click the Picture button in the Illustrations group under Insert Tab.

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Step 2: In the Insert Picture dialog box, find out and select the proper picture.

Step 3: Click the Insert button.

Then the selected picture is inserted in the current worksheet, and it may show as the following screenshot:

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If you want to remove the picture from the workbook, just select the picture first, and then press the Delete key.


arrow blue right bubbleInsert and delete background images in Excel

If you want to place an image on the current worksheet as a background, you can do it with the following steps:

Step 1: Click the Background button in the Page Setup group under the Page Layout tab;

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Step 2: In the Sheet Background dialog box, find out and select the proper image.

Step 3: Click the Insert button.

Then the selected image is placed in the whole worksheet as its background. And it may look like the following screenshot:

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If you want to remove the background from the workbook, you can click the Remove Background button in the Page Setup group under the Page Layout tab.

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