Insert multiple pictures in your Excel table

The Insert Pictures add-in is designed to make your tables look presentable and enjoyable. See how to add images into Excel cells in one go with this small tool.

Video: How to insert multiple images in Excel

Before you start

Your pictures will be inserted in a column or row in Excel in the same A to Z order as they are stored on your PC. If you want the pictures to be arranged differently in your Excel worksheet, then change their names accordingly before running the add-in.

Run Insert Pictures

  1. Open your Excel file where you want to add images.
  2. Select the uppermost cell of the column for pictures.
  3. On the Ablebits Tools tab, in the Utilities group, click Insert Pictures, and then choose how you want to paste pictures, Vertically or Horizontally:
    Insert Pictures icon on the Ablebits Tools tab.
    Take advantage of the additional options:

    • Tick Insert links to files to get inserted not only images but also their names as hyperlinks to the adjacent column or row:
      Add links to files.
    • Leave the Back up the worksheet option checked to get a backup sheet created (recommended as you can't undo changes made by add-ins).

How to insert pictures into Excel column

  1. Select Vertically and choose one of the three size options for your pictures:
    Add images vertically and choose their future size.

    • Fit to Cell will adjust the size of each picture to the height of each cell.
      Tip. Make sure to change the height of the cells (if you need to) before choosing this option so that the images are properly sized.
    • Or, the add-in can change the height of each cell according to the size of the picture. For that, click the Fit to Image option.
      Note. The maximum cell height in Excel is 546 pixels. If some images are larger, they will be resized accordingly. If this happens, you will see a notification message right after pictures are inserted:
      A message saying that some images are too large.
    • If you choose to Specify Height, you will get a pop-up window allowing you to enter the desired height in pixels. The add-in will resize both, your pictures and Excel cells in accordance with your requirements. Set the cell height you need and click Next.
      Specify height of both, images and Excel cells.

      Tip. If you exceed the maximum cell height in Excel, the add-in will notify you:
      You'll get a note if the entered value exceeds the limit.
  2. Pick the images you need via the Select files window:
    Select files window for you to choose images.

    Tip. Keep Ctrl pressed on your keyboard to choose multiple pictures. Or press Ctrl + A to select all images at once.
  3. Click the Open button and enjoy your visually appealing table with pictures.

How to insert pictures into Excel row

To position images in a row go to Insert Pictures > Horizontally on the Ablebits Tools tab and then repeat the same steps as described above:
Add multiple pictures horizontally.

The only difference is that when you insert pictures in a row, you should consider image and cell width rather than height.

Note. The maximum cell width in Excel is limited to 1793 pixels. If some pictures are larger, they will be resized accordingly, and the add-in will notify you with a corresponding message:
The message you'll see if some images are too large.


It possible to insert multiple pictures in a particular column with tile, can you help me advise the solution?


Is it possible when inserting multiple images that they are placed according to the cell alignment?

Thank you.

Hi Aimee,

Thank you for your question. Since pictures are graphical objects, it's not possible to align them with standard Excel tools. When pasted using our add-in, pictures are automatically aligned to the left edge of the cell. If necessary, you can shift the inserted pictures manually.

I cannot load multiple pictures into my column. Is this feature only available on the business version?

Vikas Nautiyal says:
April 4, 2019 at 3:31 am

Is it possible to specify the both height & width both before inserting the pictures.


Thank you for your question, Vikas.

No, at the moment you can't specify both height and width for inserted images.
I will forward this idea to our developers though and they will see if it's technically possible to implement the feature to one of the future version of the tool.

Thank you.

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