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Take a look at an Excel worksheet. See the column headers that appear above each column and the row headers that appear at the left side of each row? These help you to maintain your bearings within a worksheet. These coordinates normally appear as black text on a grey button background. At some point you may desire to change these to a different color.
Excel doesn't allow you to specify colors to use for the coordinates. It is possible for Excel to change the color itself, however. For instance, when you use filtering on data in a worksheet, Excel will show the row numbers in blue if the data is being filtered. Other than this, it is not possible to make a change within Excel.
You can make a change in Windows that will result in different coordinate colors. What Excel does is to use the color you specify within Windows for 3D objects as its coordinate color. How you change this particular color depends on the version of Windows you are using. To change this particular color using Windows XP, follow these steps:
If you are using Vista, follow these steps instead:
Now, when you start Excel, the color of the row and column headers will match whatever you chose in the above steps. You should note, however, that this color change will affect other dialog boxes and controls displayed by other Windows programs, not just by Excel.
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