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: Editing Graphic Objects.

Editing Graphic Objects

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 22, 2014)

The technique you use to edit a graphic object depends on the type of object you are editing. The most common editing tasks—sizing and deleting objects—are easy to do in Excel.

To size an object, you first have to select it. This is done by using the mouse to point to one of the lines in the object. When you click on the mouse button, notice that handles appear around the outside of the rectangle that contains the object.

If you position the mouse pointer over one of the corner handles, it changes to a double-headed diagonal arrow. If you then click and hold down the mouse button, you can change the size of the object, keeping the proportions the same.

If you move the mouse pointer over one of the other handles, it changes to arrows that indicate the direction you can move the side. The shape of the graphics object is appropriately skewed, based on how you move the handle.

Finally, to delete a graphics object you need simply select it and press the Del key. You can also use one of the delete options from the Edit menu.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2487) 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: Editing Graphic Objects.

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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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