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Resetting the Default View in Excel

Posted By Kevin On January 18, 2011 @ 12:07 PM In MS Excel,MS Office Help | No Comments

MS Excel 2007 & 2010: How Do You Like to View It?

We all have one… you know, that preferred view of our MS Excel worksheets.

Some people like to see everything in the Normal view.

Others prefer the Page Layout view, where Excel shows the physical breaks between each page, as well as the header & footer areas.

And still others prefer the Page Break Preview look of things. (Which I have to admit, on a new workbook, feels weird to me. Also, since it is a preview, it’s tiny, but to each his own.)

Whatever your preference, wouldn’t it be nice if Excel just put a new worksheet into that view instead of your usual migration to the View tab of the Ribbon to make a change?

I’m quite sure that the answer is yes so let’s take a look at where you can make that change.

We need to open the Options dialog box via the Office Button / File tab of the Ribbon.

Once there click Excel Options.

In the Popular options category, When creating new workbooks section you’re looking for the option labeled as Default view for new sheets.

This option comes with a drop-down list of choices – pick one.

Once you’re satisfied with the decision, click OK.

That’s it… you probably noticed that the setting works for new workbooks, but I found that once I changed and saved my old files in the View of my choice, it opened that way later on.

As for the new files – you’ll have the look you want right from the start.

~ April

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