Copy Excel data or charts to Word

There may be times when you want to present your Microsoft Office Excel worksheet (worksheet: The primary document that you use in Excel to store and work with data. Also called a spreadsheet. A worksheet consists of cells that are organized into columns and rows; a worksheet is always stored in a workbook.) data, or a chart that you created in Excel, in a Microsoft Office Word document. You can simply copy selected data or charts in Excel and then use the Paste or Paste Special commands in Word to insert the data or charts into a document.

What do you want to do?


Copy worksheet data to a Word document

  1. In Excel, select the worksheet data that you want to copy to a Word document.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy Button image.

Excel Ribbon

Keyboard shortcut  You can also press CTRL+C.

  1. In the Word document, click where you want to paste the copied worksheet data.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste.

Keyboard shortcut  You can also press CTRL+V.

  1. Click Paste Options Button image next to the data, and then do one of the following:
    • To paste the data as a Word table, click Keep Source Formatting if you want to use the original format of the copied data, or click Match Destination Table Style if you want to use the document theme that is applied to the Word document.
    • To paste the data as a static picture, click Paste as Picture.
    • To paste a link to the Excel data so that the data in the Word document is updated when you change the original data in the Excel workbook, click Keep Source Formatting and Link to Excel or click Match Destination Table Style and Link to Excel.
    • To paste the data as text, with each row in a separate paragraph and with tab spaces separating the cell values, click Keep Text Only.

 Notes 

  • If you don't see the Paste Options button, you may have to turn it on. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Word Options. In the Advanced category, under Cut, Copy, and Paste, select the Show Paste Options buttons check box.
  • If you paste the data into a Word table, the Paste Options button displays different paste options. You can insert the copied data as a nested table, merge it with the existing table, insert it as new rows in the existing table, overwrite the cells in the existing table, or paste it as a static picture.

Tips

  • To paste the data in another format (such as a worksheet object, HTML format, bitmap, picture, or to text format) or to paste a link to the source data in Excel, on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow on the Paste button, and then click Paste Special. In the As list, click the format that you want to use.
  • To edit the entire worksheet later, click Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet Object. To provide access to the entire worksheet in the Word document, including data that you may want to keep private, click Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet Object.
  • To automatically update the table in the document when changes are made to the source data in Excel, click Paste link, and then select the option that you want in the As box. If you saved the source workbook before you copied the data, you can also click Word Hyperlink in the As box to insert a hyperlink in your document that directs you to the source data in Excel.
  • To paste the content as an Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) (OLE: A program-integration technology that you can use to share information between programs. All Office programs support OLE, so you can share information through linked and embedded objects.) Word application icon (rather than pasting the actual content), click Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet Object, and then select the Display as icon check box. You can click the icon to open the application and then view the content.
  • To use HTML to copy the data to Word and display it in a Word table, click HTML format.
  • To paste a static picture, click Bitmap, or to paste a picture that can be ungrouped, click Picture (Enhanced Metafile) or Picture (Windows Metafile).
  • To paste the data as formatted or unformatted text, click Formatted Text (RTF), Unformatted Text, or Unformatted Unicode Text.
  • To paste the data as a hyperlink that directs you to the source data in Excel, click the arrow on the Paste button, and then click Paste As Hyperlink. If the workbook that contains the source data has not been saved yet, this option is unavailable.
  • If you want the range of data that you paste as a Microsoft Excel Worksheet Object into a Word document to expand when the corresponding data expands on the Excel worksheet, you can define a name (name: A word or string of characters that represents a cell, range of cells, formula, or constant value. Use easy-to-understand names, such as Products, to refer to hard to understand ranges, such as Sales!C20:C30.) for the range of data in Excel before you copy the data. You can then paste a link to the named range by using the Paste Special command. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the arrow on the Paste button, click Paste Special, and then click Paste link.

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Copy a chart to a Word document

  1. In Excel, select the embedded chart (embedded chart: A chart that is placed on a worksheet rather than on a separate chart sheet. Embedded charts are beneficial when you want to view or print a chart or a PivotChart report with its source data or other information in a worksheet.) or chart sheet (chart sheet: A sheet in a workbook that contains only a chart. A chart sheet is beneficial when you want to view a chart or a PivotChart report separately from worksheet data or a PivotTable report.) that you want to copy to a Word document.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Copy Button image.

Excel Ribbon

Keyboard shortcut  You can also press CTRL+C.

  1. In the Word document, click where you want to paste the copied chart.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click Paste.

Keyboard shortcut  You can also press CTRL+V.

  1. Click Paste Options Button image next to the chart, and then do one of the following:
    • To paste the chart with a link to its source data, click Chart (linked to Excel data).
    • To paste the chart and to include access to the entire workbook in the document, click Excel Chart (entire workbook).
    • To paste the chart as a static picture, click Paste as Picture.
    • To paste the chart in its original format, click Keep Source Formatting.
    • To paste the chart and format it by using the document theme that is applied to the document, click Use Destination Theme.

 Note   The Paste Options button is not available when you paste a chart in a document that is opened in Compatibility Mode in Word. In Compatibility Mode, the chart is pasted as a static picture.

Tips

 Note   The Ribbon is a component of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Word 2007