Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Stopping Help from Using Online Resources.

Stopping Help from Using Online Resources

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 15, 2017)

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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.

If you don't want Excel to access information online for your edification, you can follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Help dialog box. (Click the small Help icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.)
  2. At the bottom-right of the dialog box you should see text that says Connected to Office Online. Click this text to display a drop-down list.
  3. Select the choice that reflects how you want Excel to access (or not access) online content.
  4. Dismiss the Excel Help dialog box.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6264) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Stopping Help from Using Online Resources.

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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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What is five less than 5?

2017-05-15 18:42:16

Ron S

Hi,
A useful tip but my 2013 Help window doesn't mention anything about "...Connected to Office Online.." Just "Popular Articles" and "Browse More Articles". Any suggestions?
Ron S


2017-05-15 11:09:45

Gary

This tip does not appear to apply to Office 2016, because there is no "?" button on the normal views, only the "Tell me ..." box.
{fig}

Selecting 'File' tab does show the question mark in the upper right corner but it immediately opens a IE window to a Microsoft web site, no dialog boxes.


2016-01-06 12:51:07

Carol Hacmac

How do you turn the Help back on in Excel 2013?


2013-02-08 10:10:47

terri

Most helpful! Drives me crazy when Excel tries to go online when all I want is a simple answer.


2013-02-08 07:55:42

MDoncaster

It should be noted; that this setting applies globally throughout Microsoft Office.


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