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Whenever I open an Excel spreadsheet, it is displayed in a right-to-left layout by default (i.e the right most column is A and I need to scroll to the left to reach further columns).

I can change the layout by going to the Page Layout menu and disabling the Sheet Right-to-Left button.

How can I do it permanently so all spreadsheets are opened in left-to-right mode by default?

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

May look at this:

In Excel 97-2003 there is always a option in Tools > Options on the International tab to change the default sheet direction. But in Excel 2007 there is only a option to change the default direction in Office Button > Excel Options ... Advanced if you have installed at least one RightToLeft language.
In Excel 2010 they add this option back in File > Options ... Advanced.

In Excel 2010:

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I took the liberty of quoting the most important parts and adding the screenshot from what you found. If the link ever goes down, that would be bad.. (see: Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”?) – slhck Jan 14 '12 at 11:23
The first link is no longer available. – Saar Aug 21 '13 at 10:24
The screen shot shows how to change it one time, not how to make it permanent. The following answer is accurate (File->Options->Advanced->Display) – Saar Aug 21 '13 at 10:25

This took me hours to figure out so I'll spare you the time:

Do this one time to change the default direction

  1. Alt F11 to open the VBA editor
  2. Ctrl g to open the Immediate window. In the Immediate window type Application.DefaultSheetDirection = xlLTR And press Enter
  3. Alt q to close the VBA editor
  4. Create a new workbook to test it
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Oh, thank you so much! I only wanted to view it left-to-right permanently. First, I spent half an hour to find the Sheet Right-to-Left button, then another half an hour to make it default ... BTW, the VBA editor doesn't close with Alg-g – Serg Jan 20 '13 at 18:05
This worked for me on Office 2013. I specifically wanted the default to be RTL, so switching xlLTR to xlRTL worked – Jonathan Sep 27 '14 at 7:35

In Excel 2010: Please, follow this on the menu : File > Options ... Advanced , and scroll down your appearance scroll bar and find Display section then you can find Default direction on radio button then check it to what you want

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in office 2013, what you need to do is: go to: file>options>advanced>scroll down to "Display"> choose "left to right" or "right to left" (whatever you need)

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