Inserting from a Camera or Scanner

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 6, 2017)

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You would be right to never consider Excel as a graphics program--it's not one, by any stretch o the imagination. However, Excel does provide some tools normally associated with graphics programs. One such tool is one that allows you to import a graphic image from either a camera or a scanner. To use this tool, choose Insert | Picture | From Scanner or Camera. Excel shows what devices are available and you can select how you want the image imported. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Insert Picture from Scanner or Camera dialog box.

In reality, inserting pictures in this way works only if the camera or scanner is a TWAIN device. TWAIN is a protocol that allows images to be communicated from a source device (the camera or scanner) to a target device (in this case, Excel). For it to work properly, your scanner or camera must have the proper TWAIN drivers installed on your system.

Most scanners come with TWAIN drivers, but a growing number of today's digital cameras do not. Instead, the non-TWAIN cameras connect to a PC via a USB connector, and are then seen by Windows as just another disk drive accessible from the computer. If your camera uses a USB connection, then you can insert a picture into Excel by using Insert | Picture | From File and selecting the picture from the camera itself.

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Author Bio

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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2017-02-14 12:01:35

Don Gartin

Hello;
Is there any way to link a smartphone (camera) directly to an excel document, take a picture and have it inserted at the selected cell of the document in use (open).

As a home inspector this would save soooo much time in the report writing. Imagine finding a leaking faucet writing the comment, snapping a picture, and boom you're done. Seems simple but I just don't know how or if it can be done.

Don


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