Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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: Displaying a Set Column Range.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 13, 2018)
Let's say that you want to display a specific number of columns on a worksheet in the available window space. You can manually figure out the necessary width of each column and do the adjustments, or you can write a macro that will figure out, proportionally, how the width of each column should be adjusted to get the desired results.
An easier method, however, is to just adjust the zoom factor for a desired number of columns. This can be done manually by selecting the columns, displaying the View tab of the ribbon, and clicking the Zoom to Selection tool in the Zoom group.
If you want to do it programmatically, it is even easier. Right-click a worksheet tab (the one you want this macro to apply to) and then choose View Code from the resulting Context menu. Excel displays the Visual Basic Editor, and you should enter the following into the code window:
Private Sub Worksheet_Activate() Range("A1:L1").Select ActiveWindow.Zoom = True Range("A1").Select End Sub
This particular macro assumes that you want to view columns A through L in the window. It selects the range A1:L1, and then sets the zooming factor to display just that selection (the columns you want). Finally, it selects cell A1 and ends.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7805) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Displaying a Set Column Range.
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