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June 10, 2015
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As you may already know, I publish this newsletter every week, maintain my website and answer a lot of questions from Excel Addict members, all in my 'spare' time. Yes, I do have a full-time day job as well, so every week it's a challenge for me to find the time to write and publish my newsletter.

Over the next two months I will be updating my website, something I have been wanting to do for years. This is going to take up a significant amount of my time but I definitely don't want you to miss out on these valuable tips completely. So, what I have decided to do for the next while is to continue publishing my newsletter weekly, but in order to free up some time, I will be scaling back to just one tip each week. I hope that will be enough to keep you learning and loving Excel until I get my new and improved website up and running.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

Hi fellow Excel Addict,

Francis Hayes (The Excel Addict) - I want to help you EXCEL !!Thanks for joining me this week. I'll keep my message brief as I am trying to free up as much time as possible to work on my website project.

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Microsoft Excel Tip #1
How to Remove a Background Color From A Logo or Image

Do you have a logo or image that you want to add to your worksheets? Maybe it would look better without that background color?

Removing a background color from an image is not something you would typically associate with a spreadsheet program but, surprisingly, Excel has treasure chest full of amazing graphics capabilities**. Making an image's background transparent is easy for Excel.

Make Image Background Transparent in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

This works only if the color that you want to make transparent is a solid color.

1) Select the logo or picture;

2) Click Picture Tools-Format tab;

3) Click Color;

4) Select Set Transparent Color;

5) Point and click the (solid) background color in the picture and magically, the background color disappears.
Steps To Make Image Background Transparent in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365
If this is something that you will be using regularly, you can make this process even easier by right-clicking on the 'Set Transparent Color' option and clicking 'Add to Quick Access Toolbar'.

Add Set Transparent Color Command To Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

If the background color of your logo or image isn't a solid color, only some of the background will be made transparent. There's no easy way to fix this other than to find another image with a solid background color.

If there are other parts of the image that contain the same color as the background, those colors will also be made transparent. A workaround that I use for this situation is to copy the image to Paint and use the Bucket tool to fill the background with a unique color, then copy the image back to Excel and use the Set Transparent Color option.

** Many of Excel's graphics capabilities are as good or better than some professional graphics software. Honestly! In fact, almost all of the images I use in my newsletter and on my website, I create with Excel. I'll share some of my 'Excel graphics' secrets with you in upcoming newsletters.

Create Awesome Graphics in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

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