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default to print gridlines

default to print gridlines

default to print gridlines

I simply want My company's Excel 97 default workbook template to have the gridlines checked; our IS dept does not know how to set default to gridlines on; when I go to file/new/workbook template and check the gridlines on it does not retain it--does one need adminstrative rights?

i realize i can turn them on for each file, however, having an individual preference to have the gridlines on rather than to turn them on for every file I create is frustrating.

RE: default to print gridlines


Click the worksheet.
In the File menu, click Page Setup, and then click the Sheet tab.
Click print Gridlines.


RE: default to print gridlines

Look in the built-in help for:

Create a workbook template for new workbooks

Settings that are saved in the default template will become the default.  I guess that's why its called the default template.

RE: default to print gridlines

Not so simple.
(Tools/Options/General/gridlines invokes the view only not the print)

Yes, the on-line help states how to create the new template and how to print gridlines--I have historically done this since at this company.  

I would like to use the shortcut icon "New" (white page) to select MY default with the gridlines.  I can not delete Excel's "workbook" to have my template be that selection, thus, the question... Are administrative rights required?

My previous experience had been where I do not have to mouse click everytime to print the gridlines--the default had this as the standard Excel "workbook" rather than a choice of templates.  The point of Default is that the configuration this company uses requires these extra effort/mouse clicks or choice of default books which do not get used by the admin. assistant--and when you mulitply that by the number of engineers and the number of speradsheets created and distributed monthly it adds up to quite a bit of time/frustration.  

RE: default to print gridlines

You maybe need administrative rights, dependent on how your IT dept. setup excel. What you get when you press the New button, is the workbook called Book.xlt :
(quote XL HELP)
The Book.xlt template that you create when you want to change the default format of new blank workbooks. Microsoft Excel uses the template to create the blank workbook that opens when you start Microsoft Excel, or when you click the New button on the Standard toolbar, or when you select the Workbook template in the New dialog box (File menu). Unless you create the Book.xlt template, Microsoft Excel bases the new blank workbook on built-in program settings. You must store the Book.xlt template in the Xlstart folder or in the alternate startup folder.

The Xlstart folder is in Root\OS\Profiles\User_name\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel, where Root is a server location or a folder on a drive from which all other folders branch (for example, C:\), OS is the operating system folder (for example, Windows or Winnt), and User_name is your user name. Or the XLstart folder is in Root\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office.


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RE: default to print gridlines

Big Thanks! joerd
XLstart was the key--that is exactly what I wanted!
and I did not need to be administrator...now if I can only distribute this to the masses...

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