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 Graphics when Deleting a Row.

Deleting Graphics when Deleting a Row

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 23, 2015)


Sethuraman has a worksheet where column A contains names, column B contains addresses, and column C contains a photo of the person. If he deletes the row, the photo remains. He wonders how the photo can be deleted at the same time the row is deleted.

This happens because of the way that the properties for the graphics are set up. If the only graphics in the worksheet are those for the people, then start by selecting all the graphics. (Press F5, click Special, select Objects, click OK.) Then, follow these steps to set the properties for all the selected graphics:

  1. Right-click one of the graphics. Excel displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Format Picture from the Context menu. Excel displays the Format Picture dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Properties tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Properties tab of the Size and Properties dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Move and Size with Cells check box is selected.
  6. Click OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (5414) 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 Graphics when Deleting a Row.

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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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2017-01-31 16:21:43


It help me a lot, many thanks!!

2016-10-24 11:42:50


In fact this tip doesn't work at all if you use "Move but don't size with cells".

It could give you the impression it works if you use "Move and size with cells". But in fact, the image is just resize with a heigth = 0. Visually, you don't see the image but in real it is always in the sheet.
Excel 2003 (yes, still loyal !)

2015-01-30 11:34:08


My previous issue (comment today) has been solved. Graphics will delete with row deletion IF the graphic property is set to "Move and size with cells", but graphics will NOT delete with row deletion if graphic property is set to "Move but don't size with cells".

2015-01-30 09:58:37


I have certain graphics that cannot be deleted with this method (other similar graphics are deleted). Have not found solution to this. Using Excel 2010

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