Image Control Problem – Can’t LoadPicture() from URL

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Editorial Team

Reviewed by

Steve Rynearson

Last updated on February 7, 2018

Most web services I’ve played with don’t return images themselves, they return the url address of the image. So having a robust image control that I can drop on to my spreadsheet and manipulate at run time, to load an image from a URL, is almost mandatory.

Is this currently missing from Excel, or is it a bug with the current image control, or did I just overlook something? Here’s the problem:

Inserting a picture from a url at run time is a breeze:

ActiveSheet.Pictures.Insert( _


But who wants to just insert the image, which doesn’t have many options, I want a control, so I add an Image control from the VB toolbox called Image1 and use the standard code found on 50 or so websites:

Sheet1.Image1.Picture = LoadPicture( _


ERROR!!! A 10 minute project turned into an hour and a half of researching to no avail. And to add insult to injury, F1 help for Image control, a control that’s been around 9 or so years looks like this:


No wonder people diss on F1, the first two results are advertisements for the MS marketplace, and image control is nowhere to be found.

I did find a few hacks using api’s,sockets? and things, but that’s not acceptable. Oh well. I’ll probably see a checkbox I forgot to check in the morning LoL

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