Settings in Excel 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003

Hide spreadsheet tabs

Excel opens many ways to get more workspace, such as collapsing the Ribbon, hiding the Formula bar, hiding column and row headers, and even hiding spreadsheet tabs. If you have only one worksheet in your workbooks, or you want to disable access to other spreadsheets of the workbook without hiding them one by one, you can hide all spreadsheet tabs in your local environment:

How to hide, display, and expand the Formula bar

The Formula bar displays data and formulas for the current cell in Microsoft Excel. You can expand the formula editor if the data or formula does not fit and hide the formula bar if you need more screen space.

Column and row headers

Column letters and Row numbers are principal features of Excel spreadsheets. Using Column letter and Row number, you can address any cell - the main element in Excel.

How to hide/display comment indicators

Excel for Microsoft 365 has changed the way to work with comments. Now you have two different features for commenting: comments and notes.

Change the decimal point to a comma or vice versa

When you import data into Excel spreadsheets from Internet pages or CSV files, Excel fails to recognize some numbers and converts them to the default text type. Temporarily changing Excel settings helps to reduce the amount of manual work and the number of errors on replacing comma to point, dot to comma, semicolon to comma, etc. Also, you need to change decimal delimiter settings for printing or exporting data for international users.

How to reduce ribbon size in Excel

After recent updates, the ribbon in Microsoft Excel can take up to 1/3 of the available screen space. Microsoft Office help tells that you can hide or unhide your ribbon, but you cannot reduce the size of your ribbon, or size of the text or the icons. False! You can change the mode and remove unnecessary white space around buttons, and, thus, reduce the ribbon size.

Turn off the automatic creation of hyperlinks in Excel

Excel automatically creates hyperlinks if you type or insert some text that Excel sees like a hyperlink such as URL or e-mail. You can quickly turn off and turn on the automatic creation of hyperlinks for more comfortable work in Excel ☺.

How to remove green triangles from cells (hide auto-calculating checks)

When you work in Excel, by default, it automatically identifies all issues, such as incorrect data in the cell, problems with formulas, etc. So, you see green triangles (by default) shown in the top left corner of these cells.

Change color for gridlines in Excel

By default, gridlines are displayed in worksheets using a color that is assigned by Excel. But if you want, you can change the color of the gridlines for a worksheet (see also How to turn on and turn off gridlines in Excel and How to change width of gridlines in Excel).

How to change width of gridlines in Excel

Gridlines help you align shapes and create consistent dimensions for each object. In Excel, gridlines are simulated by column borders, and changing column widths and heights essentially controls your gridlines.

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