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.

Adding a Little Animation to Your Life

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 1, 2020)

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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:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Advanced.
  3. Scroll through the available options until you see the General section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The general options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Provide Feedback with Animation check box is selected.
  6. Click on OK.

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.

Author Bio

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 two less than 8?

2020-12-01 12:35:39

Jay

I have version 10 but I do not see the animation option.


2020-12-01 03:37:00

Ken varley

I use Home & business 2013 and the animations option is not available. "Feedback with sound" is there, but not "Feedback with Animations"


2017-04-17 13:11:57

S Aranganathan

i am very interest to know about cell selection , but nobody help to set to slowly movement in excel


2016-08-10 23:03:06

Bev Mercado

How do you turn off animation in Excel 2013 only without turning off animation for games?


2015-09-05 06:15:48

vishwanath

how to activate sound add in in excel 2010


2015-05-05 08:01:16

Michael Armstrong

While control of this very annoying feature has been removed from Excel, animation control is now (apparently) applied system-wide in Windows 7 and 8. Thus it can also be removed system-wide. Go to Control Panel -> Ease of Use -> Use This Computer Without a Display -> Turn Off All Unnecessary Animations (When Possible). Worked for me running Office 365 on Windows 7.


2014-11-17 08:31:57

Pascal

Petit message Info à lire !!!


2013-07-05 21:52:50

JULIAN GARCIA

And if you would like some EXCEL Art
Check this out !!!
http://kotaku.com/old-japanese-man-creates-amazing-art-using-excel-wait-499616608


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