Sometimes we have to do silly stuff…

No surprise my next sentence starts with: -At work… laughing

At work I ran in to the task of having to deliver -repeatedly- a small table from one of our reports as a .jpg to be inserted in to a powerpoint presentation. 
I tried to explain that you can actually insert excel tables and files into presentation but the person made the powerpoint monster was adament. So it was .jpg or nothing.

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I searched high and low on how can I achieve this. Then I found a solution. 

By all means there are hundreds of ways to do this and this is one way. 
Take it as a starting point, improve on it, tailor it to your project and if you kind enough share your solution with us. The main point is that you have something to start on. 


What this code does:

It grabs a range as jpg. That is a given. However this jpg is in the memory, in the clipboard. you can’t export it. 

So to be able to export it we have to add it to an object.
For this we create a temporary sheet.
Adding in a chart on the sheet.
Resize it a little.
Then export the .jpg

In the code below there is two thing you need to specify:

The range you want to grab.
The path you want to export your file out to. (Make sure that the folder exist! Otherwise you will have an error)

The code

Option Explicit

Sub ExportNumChart()
    'The path you need to modify:
    Const FName As String = "D:My DocumentsMy PicsNumbers.jpg"

    Dim pic_rng As Range
    Dim ShTemp As Worksheet
    Dim ChTemp As Chart
    Dim PicTemp As Picture
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual
    'Set the range you want to put in the pic
    Set pic_rng = Worksheets("Numbers").Range("B1:F25")
    'Adding temporary worksheet
    Set ShTemp = Worksheets.Add
    'Making a chart
    ActiveChart.Location Where:=xlLocationAsObject, Name:=ShTemp.Name
    Set ChTemp = ActiveChart
    'Adding the picture of the range to the chart
    pic_rng.CopyPicture Appearance:=xlScreen, Format:=xlPicture

    Set PicTemp = Selection
    'Manually adjusting the size of the chart to suit your range size
    With ChTemp.Parent
        .Width = PicTemp.Width + 8
        .Height = PicTemp.Height + 8
    End With
    'Exporting it
    ChTemp.Export Filename:="D:My DocumentsMy PicsNumbers.jpg", FilterName:="jpg"
    'Delete the temp sheet
    Application.DisplayAlerts = False
    Application.DisplayAlerts = True

    'Give speed back
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
    Application.Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic

End Sub

What you could improve on the code:

The sizing of the range is a bit of a trial and error thing. But since this was a hit and run code, meaning that I have to set it up once then run it daily or better pass it on to some poor soul to run it daily I wasnt too concerned.

But if you open the pictire you will see that there is a slight border around it.
You might not be too bothered about it. I really wanted to find a solution to remove it but the lack of time on this project did not made it possible. 


I hope that you can make use of this code. I thought it would be interesting to share it.
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