Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Adding a Little Animation to Your Life.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 5, 2017)
Anyone who says that Excel is boring obviously doesn't know that you can add animation to your workbooks. That's right—you can spice up your life by turning on animation for the feedback you receive from Excel. For instance, instead of seeing a new column immediately appear when you add it, with animation turned on the column will appear to "slide" into position, slyly moving existing columns to the right.
If you want to turn on feedback animation in your system, follow these steps if you are using Excel 2007 or 2010:
Figure 1. The general options of the Excel Options dialog box.
If you are one of those who prefers to not waste perfectly good CPU cycles on something as frivolous as animation, then you can also use the above steps to turn off any animation. (Perhaps some other user of your system turned it on.) Just repeat the above four steps, but clear the check box in step 4.
This option is available only in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010. It was removed entirely from Excel 2013.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8268) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Adding a Little Animation to Your Life.
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