Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Tip 1: Changing the Look of Excel
Changing the Look of Excel
With Excel 2013, what you see isn’t necessarily what you have to live with. This tip describes several
ways to change the look of Excel. Some changes affect only the appearance. Other options allow you
to hide various parts of Excel to make more room for displaying your data — or maybe because you
prefer a less-cluttered look.
Cosmetic changes
When the preview version of Microsoft Office 2013 became available, there was a minor uproar
about its appearance. Compared to previous versions, the applications looked “flat” and many
complained about the overall white color.
When the final version was released, Microsoft added two alternative Office themes: light gray and
dark gray. To switch to a different theme, choose File➜Options to display the Excel Options dialog
box. Click the General tab and use the Office Theme drop-down list (see Figure 1-1). The theme
choice affects the appearance of the title bar, row and column borders, task panes, the taskbar, and a
few other items. The theme you choose applies to all other Office 2013 applications.
Figure 1-1: Selecting a different Office theme.
Figure 1-1 shows another option: Office Background. Use this drop-down list to select a background
image that appears in the Excel title bar. Fortunately, one of the options is No Background.
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