Adding a Little Animation to Your Life

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.