Stopping Help from Using Online Resources

One of the changes introduced in Excel 2003 was a greater reliance by the program on online help systems. When you choose to display Excel’s Help system and then search for information on a topic, by default Excel also returns help topics from the Web, specifically from Microsoft’s Web sites.

If you don’t want Excel to access information online for your edification, you can follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Help dialog box. (Click the small Help icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.)
  2. At the bottom-right of the dialog box you should see text that says Connected to Office Online. Click this text to display a drop-down list.
  3. Select the choice that reflects how you want Excel to access (or not access) online content.
  4. Dismiss the Excel Help dialog box.