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While working in Excel, sometimes, you need to think out of the box.
It happens to me sometimes when I share my dashboards and templates with other users and they made changes in it and all of my work break.
Well, to solve this problem, I started to use live images of data tables instead of using actual data tables.
This helps me to present my data to them and they can’t make changes in those visual references because those are just images (but live).
And for this, I use Camera Tool. Maybe you are hearing about this tool first time but yes, there is an in-built camera in Excel.
A camera tool can help you to create a live image of a cell or range of cells with a single click. And you can paste it anywhere in the worksheet.
It’s one of my tools of the trade.
So today, in this post, I’d like to show you how you can use camera tool in Excel and how you can easily create live images.
So let’s get started.
Unlike a normal camera, this camera captures the pictures of cell ranges.
In simple words, camera tool helps you to copy a range and create a live picture it. And, you can paste that picture anywhere in your worksheet.
As this is a live picture, if you make any changes to your original range that will reflect in the image as well.
Camera tool is not listed anywhere in the Excel ribbon so we need to add it to the quick access toolbar before we use it.
Follow these simple steps.
Now, you have a camera icon in the quick access toolbar.
Using excel camera tool is as easy as clicking a picture with a camera. Just follow these simple steps to create a live picture in your spreadsheet.
Here I have listed some inspiring examples of using a camera tool to create live images in your spreadsheet.
I am a huge fan of in-cell charts but the most difficult part of these charts is to add them in the dashboard.
So, I use camera tool to create a live image to add them to the dashboards.
This method helps me a lot because I can change the size of the chart.
You can also use it to insert live image of data tables.
Sometimes data tables consume lots of space in our dashboard. We can add a live snapshot of data in our dashboards.
You can change the size of the data table according to the space you have in the dashboard.
I really love this one.
Suppose you have some important cells which are related with your dashboard. And all the cells are in different worksheets and you want to monitor them.
The best way to do that, just create live images of all important cells put them in a single worksheet or in your main dashboard sheet.
And, the best part of this, a user can’t make a change in these live images.
The most important point is when you change the location of a image from one worksheet to another it will change the link to current worksheet.
Suppose you have an image which is linked to the range A1:B5 in Sheet1.
Now, When you move that image from sheet1 to sheet2, it will change its link from Sheet1 to Sheet2
To get a solution for this problem please follow these simple steps.
This camera tool is really a cool. Just select a range, click where you want to paste the image. Yes, that’s it.
Even if you compare it with the paste special option for pasting images, you’ll find it much faster (if you don’t use shortcut keys).
I hope this camera tool will help you to take your skills to next level.
Now tell me one thing. Have you ever used this camera tool before? Do you use linked images in your spreadsheets? Please share your views with me in the comment section, I would love to hear from you.
And, please don’t forget to share this tip with your friends. I'm sure they are not aware of this.