How to Make a Snake on Excel

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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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