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Deleting All Graphics

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Deleting All Graphics.

Excel allows you to easily add graphics to a worksheet. This can be helpful, at times, but at other times you may want to delete all the graphics in a worksheet. The easiest way to delete all the graphics is to follow these steps:

  1. Press F5 to display the Go To dialog box.
  2. Click on the Special button. Excel displays the Go To Special dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Go To Special dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Objects radio button is selected.
  5. Click on OK. All the graphics in your worksheet are selected.
  6. Press the Del key. All the graphics are deleted.

This solution works only if there are no other objects (besides graphics) in your worksheet. If you have other objects that you don't want deleted, then all you need to do is perform steps 1 through 4, and then hold down the Ctrl key as you use the mouse to click on each object you don't want deleted. When you are satisfied with the objects selected, finish up by following step 5.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3018) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Deleting All Graphics.

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Jean Bates    12 Oct 2016, 06:54
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