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: Capturing a Screen.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 22, 2020)
There may be times when you need to include a screen shot within your Excel worksheet. The easiest way to do this is as follows:
This action results in the entire screen being pasted in your worksheet. If you wanted, instead, to only copy and paste a single dialog box or the active window, simply use Alt+PrintScreen in step 2.
If either of these methods still does not fit your needs (for instance, you want to include only a small part of the screen), you can use the following:
You should understand that once the screen is placed in your workbook, you can move and manipulate it the same as any other graphic. Also note that adding quite a few graphics to your worksheet can dramatically increase the size of the file in which your workbook is saved.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2205) 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: Capturing a Screen.
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