Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Stopping Help from Using Online Resources.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 28, 2015)
One of the changes introduced in Excel 2003 was a greater reliance by the program on online help systems. When you choose to display Excel's Help system and then search for information on a topic, by default Excel also returns help topics from the Web, specifically from Microsoft's Web sites.
You can, if desired, configure Excel 2003 so that it won't access any online information. To make this change, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Service Options dialog box.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3047) applies to Microsoft Excel 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Stopping Help from Using Online Resources.
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