Excel 365’s new ‘Data from Picture’ feature is now available for iPhone and iPad. It converts a photo into a spreadsheet grid you can work from.
We told you about ‘Data from Picture’ back in March when it became available in Excel for Android.
Data from Picture is on the Insert tab between Table and Photos.
On Android phones and iPhones, look for the menu icon:
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Data from Picture is a cloud service and has improved since we first tried it some months ago.
The conversion works tolerably well but the system still has trouble distinguishing text with spaces from text in different cells. Even when there are grid lines to follow (i.e. a printout of an Excel worksheet), Data from Picture still returns split cells.
As a last resort alternative to typing a document into a worksheet it’s worth trying. You might find the time spent fixing Data from Picture errors more annoying than retyping the entire thing.
See Excel Data from Picture, making it work in the real world where Office-Watch.com shows how Data from Picture works .