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Excel has an annoying habit of making the current selection invisible when it becomes inactive - including the "focused cell" rectangle. When I try to process a spreadsheet in a certain way I may put it on a secondary monitor and highlight the stuff I'm working with, but the moment I switch to another program (on the primary screen) I can no longer see where I was.

It must have made sense 10 years ago before lots of people had multiple monitors, but now it's just an annoyance. A quick google doesn't find anything at all on this.

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I have been annoyed by this for years. I've never found a solution within Excel. Is it an option to open your spreadsheet (at least for reading, if not editing) in Calc? It doesn't suffer the same problem.

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I suppose I could... but it's too much trouble just for this. I end up making the cell(s) bold and hoping it's "visible enough". – romkyns Jan 25 '10 at 22:18
At any given time I typically have both installed anyway, so (for me at least) it's not any extra trouble. – JMD Jan 25 '10 at 22:41

Agree that this an annoyance. One option is a row highlighting add-in. I like Chip Pearsons

Maybe overkill, but it's something.

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The "known issues" are quite severe... – romkyns Jan 25 '10 at 23:15

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