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    Is it possible to set a singular cell background in MS Excel to a graphic file such as the attached png? I was hoping for something like a Select Picture option of the Picture tab in the Fill Effects option for altering the Plot Area. Since that option is not available, could a picture be used to customize the Pattern options?

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    [quote name='AmyN' post='765682' date='16-Mar-2009 21:23'][/quote]
    Which version of Excel are you using? In Excel 2003 and before, this is not possible. Excel 2007 may have more to offer in this department.

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    Excel 2003. Thanks.

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    [quote name='AmyN' post='765688' date='16-Mar-2009 20:38']Excel 2003. Thanks.[/quote]

    Then the answer is, as Hans said, no. Can you explain what you are trying to achieve - there might be a workaround using shapes for example.
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    [quote name='rory' post='765766' date='17-Mar-2009 10:44']Then the answer is, as Hans said, no. Can you explain what you are trying to achieve - there might be a workaround using shapes for example.[/quote]

    I think this is what Rory meant, see attached.

    I did it this way, in Excel 2003:
    1. save your image somewhere.
    2. create a rectangular autoshape 'over' the cell required.
    3. in Format Autoshape | Colours and Lines choose Fill Effects.
    4. Select Picture and navigate to your saved image and OK out.
    5. back in Colours & Lines, choose No Line or whatever turns you on.
    6. Choose Properties and select Move & size with cells and Print Object.
    7. Choose the 'cell' (actually the autoshape).
    8. In the formula bar, type the reference of the cell whose contents you wish displayed in the autoshape.
    I've chosen F12, it could of course be H12 in my example.

    H17 shows what's in H17, but looks like it's got your fancy background.
    And H18 is just silly, but shows a variant.

    Does this fake what you want?

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