Resizing a Picture

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 7, 2015)

Once you have inserted a picture in your workbook, you can resize it by following these steps:

  1. Click on the graphic. Eight squares, or handles, appear around the outside of the graphic.
  2. Use the mouse to point to one of the frame handles. Click on the left mouse button.
  3. Drag the frame handle to resize the graphic.
  4. Release the mouse button when the graphic is the size you want.

If you drag a corner handle, the graphic is resized proportionally. If you drag a non-corner handle (top, bottom, or sides), the graphic is simply stretched in the direction you move the handle.

Excel 95, however, handles resizing a bit differently. If you are using Excel 95, and you want your picture to always have the same relative proportions, you need to hold down the Shift key as you drag a handle.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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