Do you ever need to insert files into Excel, so you can share more comprehensive information with your colleagues? Either to insert PDF into Excel or to insert word documents into Excel, it’s just as simple as clicking on Insert, Text, Object, choosing your file, and voila!
Then, what happens after? Your file will float around your spreadsheet and not into a single cell. Yet, to be able to sort or move it with the rest of the content, what you really need is to put it into a single cell. How can you do this?
In this brief article, we will see how Excel can better handle your attachments, then we will look into an alternative that integrates with Excel: RowShare, an online table that offers a collaboration solution.
Insert Files into Excel Sheet
There are several ways to insert files into Excel sheet. You can either create from files, create new or add link to files. We will explore how to do it one by one.
If you want to create from an existing file, follow these steps:
- Select the cell into which you want to insert your file
- Click on the “Insert” tab
- Click on “Object” under the “Text” group
- Select “Create from File”
- Browse your file
- Select the “Display as icon” check box to if you want to insert an icon linking to the files
- Click on “OK”
Another possibility is to create a new file. You can do that by selecting “Create New” instead, and choose the type of object you want to attach. A new window will then pop up and you can create a new file you want to insert.
If you only want to add a link to the file instead of embedding the file, select the “Link to File” check box. The file should be stored in a location accessible to those with whom you want to share it. If the link to your file redirects to your computer, you will be the only one able to open it. Other than that, the location of the file should remain the same, if you move it to different location, the link won’t work anymore.
Attach Files in Excel, Within Excel Cells