Need a way to find the cell my cursor is in. The user should have an option to pick a way to highlight the current cell the cursor is in.
I want to be able to easily find when my cursor is. The current pale and lame way of minimally highlighting the column/row edge is not sufficiently visible to easily find it. If I am working on a large sheet and I move from one application to the next - it takes me a long time to find the cell I was working in. There's gotta be a way to provide the user with more flexibility in selecting colors for how to highlight the cell the cursor is in - whether the window is active or not. If I move to another window I have to temporarily color the cell - so I know where to come back. Then I have to undo the color. Too much time is wasted this way.
Yes! Quattro Pro had this feature by default and it was a huge help when returning to the worksheet. The user could select the color for the selected cell making it an instant find when returning to the sheet. As versatile as MS Excel is I find it surprising that MS has not added added it by now when Quattro Pro had it 20+ years ago.
SEUMAS MACLAREN commented
I think this has come up on multiple issues/requests, one of which was posted by me relating to the fact that the cursor cannot be seen for several seconds in a large sheet against the background colour selected, or even when there is no background!
1. It is just NOT bold enough (and does not contrast automatically (should automatically contrast intelligently with the background, as used to be the case with Lotus 123).
2. A green cursor is a problem for colour blindness. Did Microsoft design team not think about that when dictating the banal, useless restrictions on colour scheme?
WE HAVE NEVER had a proper answer as to what on Earth they were doing when restricting the ability to use the Windows OS colours. (Lunacy and gross arrogance towards the user). I am slightly colour blind and often find myself unable to find cursor position. There is, as far as I know, no default way to control the cursor colour, and this should be available. GET IT RIGHT please? We are no all little green Martians!
The easiest way would be a highlighted color on both the row and column, and then a darker highlighted color on the cell itself. Such an easy fix and it's been a problem since excel was created. I have beaten my head against the microsoft wall for about twenty years now, asking them to fix it.
It is a struggle to see the found cell using "FIND" command because the light green cell border is not sufficiently distinct. Needs a fix.
The active cell location is in the Name Box to the left of the Formula Bar.
Kenneth Barber commented
I agree with the idea of having different ways of indicating selection.
To easily find where you were, just press opposing arrow keys (e.g. left and right) repeatedly so that the flashing makes the area stick out.
Gareth Hayter commented
The 'Track Active Cell' feature in FormulaDesk add-in does this by drawing red arrows pointing to the currently active cell. Is that approach what you are thinking of? http://www.formuladesk.com