How to change Display Direction in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to change Display Direction in Excel.


Excel has some default features when a new excel workbook opens. Data interpreted in different languages other than English, which doesn't require default options like font size, font color, border color, cell background color, et cetera. One of the features is the left to right screen display. Let's understand where to find the display option and how to change the display direction in Excel explained illustrating an example.

Display option in Excel

Display option in excel allows you features like number of workbooks, formula bar, function screentips, ruler units, comments and default direction. You will find default options whenever a new workbook is opened.

Default Direction:

Go to File tab > Options > Advanced > Display > Default direction (left to right) > select the desired one

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we follow the steps as mentioned below, which will guide us how to change the default direction in excel.

Follow the steps

First Go to File tab > Select Options as shown below.

This will open up an Excel Options dialog box. Now you need to surf in the dialog box to find Display options for this worksheet. Under this option you will find the gridline color option. This will enable different colors.

Select the desired direction. The selected direction will be applied to this workbook only.

Excel Options dialog box contains more default features which can be changed so as to get the desired excel features like font Color, font size, cell color, cell style, font style, border style, et cetera.

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
Notes :

  1. Different languages require different styles for handling the data.
  2. The changes will only be applied to this workbook, Not all workbooks.

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