Add Color Patterns And Graphics To Spreadsheets

Q. I’d like to liven up my spreadsheets with interesting graphics, perhaps even a background design. Any ideas?

A. There are several ways to do this. Let’s look at the simplest first—creating a pattern or color for some of the cells. Highlight the target cells. Left click and tap on Format. There are two tabs that will give you lots of options: Patterns and Border.

You can set not only a background color but also add a pattern by clicking on the Pattern box, which can give you:

You even can add a graphic that fills the entire background of the spreadsheet like repeated tiles.

To create the tile background, follow these steps: From the Format menu, click on Sheet, then choose Background from the submenu.

Once you highlight your choice of graphic file, click Insert and the image is imported, filling the background of your worksheet.

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