The steps in this article are going to show you how to create an image file from a chart or graph in one of your Excel files using Excel 2016.
- Open the Excel file containing the chart or graph.
- Right-click on an empty part of the chart, then select Copy.
- Open Microsoft Paint.
- Click Paste at the top-left of the window, then choose the Paste option.
- Click the File tab at the top-left.
- Choose Save As, then select the desired image type.
- Give the file a name, then click Save.
Excel has many uses for managing and manipulating data, including the ability to generate charts or graphs from the data in your spreadsheet.
Sometimes these charts or graphs are merely additional features and the data itself is the main focus for you and other readers, but occasionally the chart or graph may be the only part that’s necessary.
If you have a chart or graph in Excel and you would like to save it as an image to use in another application, or to share with others, then it’s possible to copy the Excel chart or graph and paste it into an image program, then save that file.
How to Use Microsoft Paint to Create an Image File from an Excel Chart or Graph
The steps in this article were performed using Microsoft Excel for Office 365 and the Windows 10 version of Microsoft Paint. If you are using Windows 10, then you have Microsoft Paint. If you would like to use a different image-editing program then you will need to use the pasting and saving options for that program instead of the ones in this guide.
Step 1: Open the Excel file containing the chart or graph you wish to save.
Step 2: Right-click in an empty space on the chart or graph, then select the Copy option.
Step 3: Open Microsoft Paint. You can either click the Start button and scroll down to Paint, or you can can click the search icon in the taskbar, type “Paint” then press Enter.
Step 4: Click the Paste button at the top-left of the window, then select Paste.
Step 5: Select File at the top-left of the Paint window.
Step 6: Click on Save As, then select the type of image you wish to use. If you’re unsure, then PNG or JPEG are usually the best options.
Step 7: Give the file a name, then click Save.
Find out how to download a chart or graph from Google Sheets if you also use that application. It’s actually quite a bit easier in Google Sheets, so you may prefer that option if you use both programs.
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