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Old 03-09-2013, 05:06 AM   #1
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How do I attach an xlsx file or an Excel graph?

Having a little trouble here.

I have been trying to insert an Excel graph into a post without success.

Trying to attach the original xlsx file doesn't work for me either. The forum software tells me it is does not recognize the file.

I have been looking in the FAQs etc and can't find something that works. Some of the answers apply to an old version of the forum software.

Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:35 AM   #2
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try saving the excel file on your PC as an *.xls file instead of *.xlsx

Use the save as and change the "save as type" to *.xls Excel 97-2003 workbook.
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Can you a take a screen capture instead and post it? Might be easier.

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Having a little trouble here.

I have been trying to insert an Excel graph into a post without success.

Trying to attach the original xlsx file doesn't work for me either. The forum software tells me it is does not recognize the file.

I have been looking in the FAQs etc and can't find something that works. Some of the answers apply to an old version of the forum software.

Thanks.
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Can you a take a screen capture instead and post it? Might be easier.

He is right. If you do "ALT&PRTSC" (PRTSC = Print Screen) it will put the open window screen shot into memory. Then you can paste it into a word document. That will probably work very well if you just want to show something. Using excel here is probably not acceptable due to macros that could be introduced.
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I think I can do this now.

I can copy the graph from Excel and paste it into Microsoft Paint, then save it as a jpeg file and use the paperclip to attach the file to the post.

Things are never simple, though. Win 7 hides Paint. Open the folder on the bottom bar and 'Search' for 'mspaint' (they renamed it!). I dragged the symbol to my desktop and made a link. Paint has been a lifesaver in the past. It was dreadful to miss it in Win 7.

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Ed, Win 7's "Snipping Tool" is much easier than using Paint.
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Thanks, REWahoo. I will try that too. I did get the other trick to work. Never heard of snipping tool.
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This explains how it works, Ed:

Using the Windows 7 Snipping Tool - YouTube
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Found snipping tool as well. Go to Start button, search for 'snipping tool'. I dragged-and-dropped the icon to the desktop again. Now to learn how it works!

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REW, watched the video. I can use this on my day j*b! Thanks!
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Ed, Win 7's "Snipping Tool" is much easier than using Paint.
Having an aversion to MS products, I use screenhunter. Any idea how they compare?


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Having an aversion to MS products, I use screenhunter. Any idea how they compare?
I'm not familiar with screenhunter, sorry. The snipping tool allows you to save an image off a screen in about four mouse clicks.
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I tried both. For a simple snip, not much difference. MS looks like it is easier to select a unique destination folder.
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I'm not on Windows, but I find that a "print-to-pdf" is often a better way to go. A screen capture is going to be a fairly low rez image (100dpi?) that looks jagged when zoomed, while a pdf scales and looks good as it is zoomed.

Perhaps that snipping tool gets around this problem, just FYI.

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No problems with attaching an XLS.

As for screen captures, I just paste them into PowerPoint, and then crop and "save as picture" in jpg or png format. Then just attach to a post as a picture, easy-peasy.

Just another approach FWIW...
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Ed, Win 7's "Snipping Tool" is much easier than using Paint.









Having an aversion to MS products, I use screenhunter. Any idea how they compare?

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