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Excel: Row and Column Headings No Longer Have 3-D Effect

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
Article ID: Q102826

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 4.0 and 4.0a


In Microsoft Excel, because row and column headings are normally shaded gray, they appear darker than the color of the cells in the spreadsheet. This shading gives them a three-dimensional effect.

If you change the colors of certain Windows screen elements, such as the Window Background or Button Face, the row and column headings may lose their three-dimensional effect.


To avoid this situation, make sure that the color for the Window Background element is lighter than the color for the Button Face element.

Changes that you make to the Windows color scheme will take effect in Microsoft Excel when you restart Microsoft Excel.


The color of the Window Background determines the spreadsheet color and the Button Face color determines the color of the row and column headings.

To change your Windows color scheme, choose the Color icon in Windows Control Panel.


"Microsoft Windows User's Guide," version 3.1, pages 141-145

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Additional reference words: 4.00 4.00a patterns grey 3-D howto 3d

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
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