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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Excel Tip: Add a Christmas background to your spreadsheet

Well, this is my last post before Christmas, as I am taking some time off with the family over the Christmas break, so my next post will be in the New Year.

I thought I'd sign off with a simple, but seasonal post.

But, in case you don't read on, I would first of all like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to working with many of you in the New Year.

If you want to add a bit of seasonal spirit to your spreadsheets, why not add a Christmas background?

You can easily add something like the Christmas Tree picture on this post as a background to any worksheet.

All you need to do is go to the Page Layout ribbon and click "Background". You can then browse to image you want to use and click OK. That worksheet will then use that picture as it's background, visible in cells that have "No Color" as their background colour. Note that a fill colour of White is therefore different to "No Color". A cell with a white background will hide the picture.

The picture will "tile", i.e. repeat itself indefinitely, and any cell contents will appear on top of it.

When the Christmas period is over and you want to go back to your boring old spreadsheet, just go back to the Page Layout ribbon and click "Delete Background".

Have a great break and see you in 2015!

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  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Glen to you and yours!

    Surrey, BC, Can.

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  3. Merry Christmas, Glen
    Look forward to our paths crossing in the New Year.

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