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Microsoft KB Archive/106009

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Article ID: 106009

Article Last Modified on 10/10/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q106009


In Microsoft Excel, it is possible to adjust the space allocated for displaying sheet tabs and the horizontal scroll bar by moving the tab split box. The tab split box is located between the sheet tabs and the horizontal scroll bar.

This article contains some sample Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications macros and a sample Microsoft Excel version 4.0 macro to restore the tab split box to its default.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. Some video drivers, particularly very high resolution (1024x768, 1280x1024, and so on) drivers, may exhibit "jumpiness" when you switch from one insertion point mode to another (for example when you move the insertion point from the worksheet, where it usually appears as an arrow or a plus sign (+), to the tab split box or the split box, where the insertion point appears as a two-way split symbol).

If your screen is "jumpy", it may be difficult to determine whether your insertion point is positioned over the split box or the tab split box when these boxes are right next to each other. You may need to use a macro to restore the tab split box to its default position.

The following macros each restore the tab split box to its default position.

Sample Visual Basic Procedure

   Sub CenterTabSplitBox
       ActiveWindow.TabRatio = 0.6
   End Sub

Microsoft Excel Version 4.0 Macro

A1: CenterTabSplitBox

To use this macro:

  1. On the macro sheet, select cell A1.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Name, and then click Define.
  3. In the Define Name dialog box, select the Command option.
  4. Click OK.

When you want to run either of the macros, click Macro on the Tools menu. Select the name of the macro from the list of macros and click Run to run the macro. Your tab split box will be restored to the default position.


"User's Guide 1," Chapter 7

For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

226118 OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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