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Insert a Background Image / Picture in Excel & Google Sheets

In this tutorial, you will learn how to insert a background picture in Excel.

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Insert a Background Image

If we want to insert a background image in the worksheet, we need to follow these steps:

1. In the Ribbon, go to the Page Layout tab, and click on Background in the Page Setup group.

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2. Now we can choose if we want to upload a picture from our computer, OneDrive folder, or search on Bing. We’ll choose to Browse an image From a file.

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3. We need to go to the folder and select the picture. Then click Insert.

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As a result, we see the background image across all cells in the worksheet, as shown in the picture below.

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If we want the image to be displayed only on visible cells of the sheet, we need to first resize or crop the image in Paint or a similar program for picture editing. Now we can add our data to the cells and see how it looks with the background image.

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Note that, while this background image is visible on the spreadsheet, it will not show up when the sheet is printed. To print a background image, see How to Print a Background Image in Excel & Google Sheets.

Delete a Background Image

If we want to remove a previously added background image, we need to go to the Page Layout tab in the Ribbon, and in the Page Setup group, choose Delete Background.

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