Changing Horizontal Orientation

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 21, 2016)

For those who use Excel 2002 or Excel 2003 in an international environment, you may be interested in knowing that you can change the horizontal orientation of a worksheet. Normally cell A1 is in the upper-left corner of the worksheet, but you can configure Excel so that cell A1 is in the upper-right corner of any worksheets you create. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Excel displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the International tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The International tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Near the bottom of the dialog box, choose the Right-to-Left radio button.
  5. Click on OK.

The change doesn't affect the workbook you have open, but it does affect any new workbooks you create.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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