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Part VIII: Customizing and Automating Excel > Customizing the Excel Screen

Chapter 44. Customizing the Excel Screen

  • Excel's customization features

    Reviews the customization features covered in earlier chapters in this book.

  • Modify Windows colors and backgrounds

    Modify the appearance of your application windows and desktop with the Display Properties dialog box.

  • Excel color palettes

    You can modify the standard color palette that comes with Excel to include colors of your choice and use this palette in all your workbooks.

  • International character sets

    Adapt Excel to work in other countries by switching the character set, time and data displays, and numeric formats using the Control Panel.

  • Customize mouse operations

    You can switch right- and left-button functions and modify the rate of motion and click speed for your mouse using the Control Panel.

The graphical user interface of Windows offers the ideal environment in which to work because of its ease of use. Excel extends this capability by allowing you to customize your workspace.

As you learned from previous chapters, Excel allows you to change many of the elements of the Excel workspace, including creating custom toolbars, turning off the display of such features as the scroll bars and cell gridlines, and creating your own cell formats and styles. In this chapter, you learn how to change Windows settings to better suit your needs.



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