How to Make a Snake on Excel


Just because iconic hero Indiana Jones was deathly afraid of snakes doesn't mean there's no place for them on your next Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Excel may be your go-to choice for recording financial data and performing statistical calculations, but hidden away behind the obvious tabs and buttons is a small collection of drawing tools ideal to create cold-blooded creatures. Let Excel be your on-screen artist's canvas and make your own slithery creature.

From Scratch

  • Open Excel. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the workspace.

  • Click the "Shapes" button on the ribbon. Click the "Scribble" tool, the squiggly line at the end of the "Lines" section. Notice the cursor changes to a pencil icon.

  • Click the spreadsheet, hold down the left mouse button and draw the snake, such as a long stretched out head to tail line or a coiled snake at rest. Release the left mouse button and Excel forms the outline of the snake. The new orange "Drawing Tools" tab opens.

  • Click the "Shape Outline" button on the ribbon. Choose an outline color for the snake -- Excel's default is blue.

  • Click the "Shape Fill" button. Choose the same color as the outline for a solid snake or two different colors as preferred.

  • Repeat the "Scribble" process to add details to the snake such as an eyeball, forked tongue and diamondback or scale pattern.

Clip Art

  • Open Excel. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the workspace.

  • Click the "Clip Art" button. Type "snake" into the "Search for" box. Click "Go."

  • Scroll through the snake images available in Excel's collection. Double-click a picture to add it to the spreadsheet.

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