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Excel 2003: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

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Excel's Clip Art Library

One of the challenges in using pictures is finding the right image. If you need to use a company logo, you probably have that on hand already. However, if you're looking for a picture on a specific subject—say a drawing of French fries for your analysis of fried versus steamed carbohydrate calories—it can take hours of Web surfing to find an image that fits your requirements and is legal to use.

Excel answers this challenge with an innovative online library of clip art that, at last count, contained a staggering 140,000 images. Best of all, anyone who owns Excel can search this clip art library and use any of its images for free.

To insert an image from the clip art library, follow these steps:

  1. Select Insert Picture Clip Art.

    The Task Pane appears on the right side of the Excel window with the Clip Art task showing (see Figure 18-6).

    The Clip Art task provides a few interesting options at the bottom of the window. You can click the "Organize clips" link to launch Microsoft Clip Organizer, a utility that can scan for clip art on your computer and help you catalog it. Clip Organizer is an interesting tool, but it's almost always more trouble than it's worth unless you need to manage huge numbers of clip art files. You can also click the "Clip art on Office Online" link to browse Microsoft's online clip art using your Web browser. Once you find a suitable picture, you can download it straight to Excel, in much the same way that you downloaded templates in ...

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