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: Setting Default Attributes for Lines and Arrows.

Setting Default Attributes for Lines and Arrows

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 31, 2015)

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Glenn adds lines and arrows regularly to flowcharts that he creates in Excel. He is wondering if there is a way to set a default line weight, color, and arrowhead, as it gets tedious to change the attributes all the time.

Setting defaults for Shapes (such as lines and arrows) is quite easy in Excel. Just follow these steps:

  1. Draw your line or arrow as you normally would.
  2. Format the line or arrow so that it appears just as you want it to.
  3. Right-click on the line or arrow. Excel displays a Context menu.
  4. From the Context menu select Set Default Line.

That's it. For the rest of your current Excel session your lines and arrows will be drawn using your desired formats.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11579) 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: Setting Default Attributes for Lines and Arrows.

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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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2019-09-21 13:01:11

David

How do you set the default line for ALL Excel sessions, not just the current worksheet?


2016-10-12 00:54:30

faisal

i'm using office 2010. i cannot set as default shape when i'm using freeform tool. is there a way to do it?


2016-03-23 02:12:04

Robert Black

I am using Excel 2007. When Drawing in Excel, Insert=>Shapes=>Scribble, drawing a line, changing the line width and color, selecting it the context does not have Set Default line but has Set as Default Shape. When that is done, the default is not set but the procedure works for arrows and other shapes but not for the scribble feature for the line. Why?


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