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How to import Excel data from screenshots

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If you come across data you want to add to an Excel spreadsheet, but copying and pasting it doesn’t work (or seems like too much work), you can also take a screenshot of the table. Then, you can use a little-known Excel import feature to migrate the data from your screenshot to your spreadsheet.

To ensure that the screenshot contains only the data table and not the entire screen, press the Win-Shift-S key combination to bring up the Windows Snipping Tool. Then use the mouse to draw a rectangle around the table area only. This saves the screenshot in your Windows clipboard.

Open Excel, select the “Data” tab, and navigate to From Picture > Picture From Clipboard. Excel then imports the screenshot’s information and displays the data on the right-hand side of your spreadsheet for checking and pasting.

If you want to import information from a saved screenshot, use From Picture > Picture From File instead.

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This article was translated from German to English and originally appeared on

Arne Arnold arbeitet seit über 15 Jahren bei der PC-WELT als Redakteur in den Bereichen Software und Internet. Sein Schwerpunkt liegt auf dem Thema Sicherheit für Endanwender bei PC und Mobil-Geräten.

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