When I drag and drop image files from Windows Explorer to Excel, nothing happens.  Can you make it work?

I’m particularly interested in jpg/png or ico files, but I’d like to be able to do it with all image types.

I have been inserting them using Excel’s insert image features, but it doesn't seem to be super productive.  I was looking for a faster, efficient option to improve productivity.

  • what type of images? jpg? png? – NoCarrier Feb 24 '10 at 18:13
  • I tried jpeg, jpg and gif but no luck with Excel 2007 – r0ca Feb 24 '10 at 18:27

If you are using Excel 2007 or greater, try the shortcut key ALT+N, ALT+P

That might be the fastest way.

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    I was specifically looking for the drag / drop feature to improve productivity. – Kevin Boyd Jan 12 '11 at 13:52
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    Yes I know, but I don't think there is one that's why I tried to give you the next best thing. – GONeale Jan 18 '11 at 5:44

Here is a workaround: drag into MS Word and then drag into Excel.

Definitely better then going through the Insert system.

  • You can open it in Paint as well, and select all, copy and paste into Excel. – user218076 Jan 22 at 18:39

The easiest way I've found is to copy the image itself by viewing it first and then copy it into the clipboard. Then it can be pasted into Excel.

  • what version of Excel you use? – M. Abdelhafid Mar 10 '18 at 12:47
  • 16.13.1 for Mac (Office 365) – Henrik Söderlund Jun 2 '18 at 14:32
  • Question was tagged Windows Explorer and clearly asks for a windows solution. Office for Mac is not windows. This solution doesn't work in windows. – user218076 Jan 22 at 18:38

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