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by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 19, 2021)
Felicity noted that until yesterday, when inserting graphics, text boxes, and etc. into her documents she was able to view, select, and manipulate them in Print Layout view. Now the only view in which they show is in print preview, and when I select one of the items, all the editing and formatting tools are grayed out. Felicity is wondering why she can't work with these items as she previously did.
It sounds like the problem is that the Picture Placeholders setting has been turned on. You can control this setting in this manner:
Figure 1. The advanced options of the Excel Options dialog box.
Your pictures should now again be accessible as you are editing your document.
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