Use the Excel camera tool, or create a linked picture in Word or PowerPoint
Part one of a three-part series of blogs

This blog shows options for creating a webcam focused on one particular area of an Excel workbook! You can do this either by pasting the Excel range into PowerPoint or Word as a linked picture, or by using the Excel camera tool.

  1. The Excel Camera tool, and pasting to Word and PowerPoint (this blog)
  2. Copying/pasting live images within Excel (the camera tool)
  3. Creating a live link to Excel from Word or PowerPoint

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 April 2018

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The Excel Camera tool, and pasting to Word and PowerPoint

Suppose that you've created a number of worksheets in a workbook:

Worksheet Chart
One worksheet contains a table ... ...and another contains a chart

You now want to present them side by side in a dashboard:

Dashboard containing sheet and chart

You want to show the table and the chart alongside each other.

Crucially, however, when you update any of the source worksheets in any way, the dashboard should automatically reflect these changes (think of it as less like a photograph, and more like a webcam).

This blog shows you how to do this, and also how to paste live data into PowerPoint and Word:

A PowerPoint slide

When you double-click on this PowerPoint image, it will take you to the underlying Excel workbook.

If you want to try some of the things shown in this blog, you can download the file used.  Let's start with copying live images within Excel.

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