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Scale your Excel spreadsheet to fit your screen

If you work with large Excel spreadsheets, you'll probably know the hassle of scrolling left and right, up and down as you try to work with all that data. You can use the Zoom feature to make the spreadsheet smaller and fit more onto the screen, but that doesn't always give you the result you want. Often, it will make your spreadsheet too small or not small enough.

To fit your spreadsheet exactly to the screen - let's say you want to reduce the width of it so you can see all the columns fitting snugly into the width of your screen, with no screen space wasted, simply follow these steps:

  • Select one row of cells from the spreadsheet range you want to see (e.g. from A4 to H4.
  • Choose View, Zoom, then select Fit Selection
  • Click OK

This will make the cells you selected fit exactly into the width of your screen. It doesn't matter that you only selected cells from one row (or column if doing it the other way) - Excel will scale according to the longest dimension (in this example the dimension was width rather than height).

Note that this tip also works to make a spreadsheet larger to fit the screen as well.