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How do I Convert Excel Shapes to BigPicture Topics

Excel shapes and imported images can be converted into BigPicture Topics. This is especially useful if you have already created some type of map using Excel's native shapes and drawing tools. Once converted, these shapes can then be linked, collapsed, expanded and annotated as any other topic.

How do I Convert an Excel Shapes and Pictures to a BigPicture Topic?

You can convert an Excel shape or an inserted image into a BigPicture Topic by selecting the shape and choosing Utilities>Convert Existing Excel Shapes to Topics...

How do I Convert an Excel Shapes and Pictures to a BigPicture Topic?

Example

  • Insert an image(s) via Excel's Insert tab (See #1)
  • Click on the image(s)
  • Click on the Utilities drop down menu in the BigPicture ribbon and select Convert Existing Excel Shapes to Topics... (See #2)
  • Click Yes when asked if you would like to convert the shapes (See #3)
  • BigPicture will now provide connection points on the converted images, allowing you to "draw" out new topics. (See #4)
Example

Excel Shapes that are able to be Converted to BigPicture Topics

Here is a diagram of all of the Excel shapes that can be converted into BigPicture Topics. Any shape highlighted in green is able to be converted.

Excel Shapes that are able to be Converted to BigPicture Topics