Settings in Excel 2016 2013 2010 2003

How to change the default colors that Excel uses for chart series

Every workbook uses a palette of 56 colors, but you can change palette for the current workbook or even change the default colors for new workbooks.

Check data entry for invalid entries

You can greatly reduce data-entry problems in your workbooks by making Excel check entries before entering them in specific cells. To do so, you need to define restrictions and data-validation rules for those cells.

Creating Your Own Menu

Excel 2007 no longer has a menu (unless you call Home, Insert, Page Layout, etc., a menu), and you can't customize what's not there. Excel does still have context-sensitive right-click menus. However, unlike in previous versions of Excel, the user interface no longer provides a way to customize them.

Starting Excel without an Empty Workbook

If you prefer to avoid the empty workbook to be created when Excel starts up, you can do so by editing the command line that is used to start Excel.

How to change the number of sheets for new workbooks

Excel automatically creates three worksheets in each new workbook, but you can force it to create as many worksheets as you need.

Collapse the Ribbon to get more space on screen

When you need as much space as possible on screen to view a workbook, you can collapse (or minimize) the Ribbon to only its labels by double-clicking the label of the tab you're currently using.

Adding Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar

Suppose you'd like to add a couple more commands to the Quick Access toolbar. Perhaps you miss the menu in earlier versions of Excel that let you quickly switch between open Excel windows. Also, say you're a big fan of AutoSum. You can add the AutoSum button to the Quick Access toolbar, so you can quickly create and use AutoSum entries.

How to insert cell content to the shape

If you are creating chart or diagram in Excel with shapes, you might need to update the shape text automatically depending on the value in a particular cell.

Create a toolbar button or menu item to run a Macro

If you assigned a key combination to a macro when you recorded it, you can run the macro by pressing that key combination. If not, you can subsequently assign the macro to the menu item.

Increase the number of Undo levels in Excel

If you're willing and able to edit the Registry on your computer, you can change Excel's number of Undo levels.