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Chapter 9. Inserting Clip Art and Other Graphics > Working with Graphic Objects

Working with Graphic Objects

Excel comes with several tools that enable you to add pictures to your workbooks and charts. You can add a picture created in another program, you can add clip art (included with Excel), or you can use the Drawing toolbar to draw your own pictures. The following list describes the various objects you can add to your worksheets and charts to make them more engaging and visually appealing:

  • Clip art: Excel includes a collection of professionally created images, called clip art, that includes images related to business, sports, education, animals, family, art, architecture, communication, government, and much more. See the next section, “Inserting Clip Art and Other Graphics,” for details.

  • Pictures: If you find an image on the Web (and obtain permission to use it) or if you have images created in other programs, such as the Windows Paint program, you can add these images to your worksheets by choosing the Insert, Picture, From File command. See “Inserting Other Pictures” for details.

  • Images from scanners and digital cameras: If you have a digital camera or scanner connected to your computer, you can choose the Insert, Picture, From Scanner or Camera command to bring an image from the scanner or camera into your worksheet.

  • WordArt: To add fancier text to your worksheets and charts, you can insert WordArt objects. WordArt is text with a more graphic flair; WordArt text can curve up or down, rise along a slope, or even appear three-dimensional. For details, see “Inserting WordArt Objects,” later in this chapter.

  • Lines and arrows: Excel provides tools for drawing lines and arrows to point out interesting facts and figures and enhance your charts. See “Drawing Your Own Pictures from Scratch,” later in this chapter, for details.

  • AutoShapes: Circles, boxes, block arrows, stars, starbursts, cartoon bubbles, and other AutoShapes—they are all just a click away. See “Drawing Your Own Pictures from Scratch,” later in this chapter, for details.

  • Text boxes: To add text outside a cell, you can create a text box that floats above your worksheet or chart. You can then type anything you like in the text box. See “Adding Text Outside a Cell,” later in this chapter, for details.

  • Organization charts: If you work in a corporation and need a way to show the line of command, consider creating a custom organization chart. The Organization Chart tool manages the structure for you; all you need to do is type in positions and names. See “Creating an Organization Chart,” near the end of this chapter, for detailed instructions.


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