make it easier for the eye to spot the active cell. The thin green lines are too hard to spot
Allow for formatting of the box that highlights the active cell
Fix the goddam problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even doing a simple Ctrl-F to Find is frustrating... On large sheets, I'm left playing a game of Where's Waldo trying to find the outlined cell. This cell should be FRONT AND CENTER, or formatted to grab your attention.
Perhaps only use bright highlighting when you first enter the cell, but fade after 5 seconds or so...
I struggle with this all the time, it is so annoying that you can't change the look
APPARENTLY THIS MESSAGE BOARD IS NOT REALLY LOOKED AT BY THE EXCEL PEOPLE SINCE THIS WAS POSTED IN 2016 AND THERE IS STILL NO FIX FOR IT. YOU WOULD THINK THAT WITH THIS MANY RESPONSES THERE WOULD BE SOME ATTENTION TO IT, RIGHT?
Isaac Gutierrez commented
It is hard to spot what cell is selectec after executing a search, please provide different color options.
fully agree with Wayne Erfling
Yes, with my sheet, where i have added borders to cell, its almost impossible to see the highlighted cell...
How can we awake Excel dev team from his letargy on this most wanted feature ?
Please fix, I waste time looking for cell highlighted.
Amazing that in 2019 a company like Microsoft has regressed so badly with such basic functionality
Gareth Hayter commented
FormulaDesk Navigator (disclosure: my add-in) adds this feature and also allows you to customise the highlighting (arrows, row/column highlighting, border, colors, transparency, line-thickness etc. It might prove useful until Microsoft adds this feature natively. Please let me know if you'd like to see any other features.
Dave H commented
I came across this thread looking for an answer to this exact problem. The active cell outline is very poor and needs to be strengthened.
I am green color blind and work in an office daily - this is a nightmare for me, please fix - I bring in my old laptop from home just so I can use an old version of office to do my job!
Fix this asap please
who was the brainchild that made the color of the Active Cell pointer border light green....obviously no one that actually uses Windows 10 Excel 16.....please give us the option to default to color of our selection!
It would be GREAT if the complete row and column which define the currently active cell were highlighted in some (preferably user definable/selectable way).
Why? In large tables it is easy to slip a row when moving the eye from the current cell to the left or right. Legacy spreadsheets such as Planperfect did this decades ago, and it is a feature I still sorely miss.
As an extension, it would be nice if either optionally or by default Excel highlighted the active row and/or column more clearly than it does now. Currently, excel only adds the aforementioned barely visible green border to the cell itself and slightly darkens the grey in address headings. It would be better if the whole row and/or column was clearly highlighted all the way to the active cell. Even better if you could alter the colors, darkness intensity etc., to address various sight issues.
I work with borders and highlighted cells in my spreadsheets. The highlighted cells are to keep track of the daily updates I have to make. I cannot see the active cell with the default (very light green) outline. I am constantly searching.
It's hard enough to keep track of the daily updates, much less trying to find the active cell. Please, please make excel more user friendly.
And I do use accessibility features to make all of my office apps larger.
Users should be able to change the color and width of the rectangle in Excel 2016 that marks where the active cell is. I have a massive spreadsheet with lots of colors in Office 2016 / Win 10 and it's zoomed in quite a bit and I can barely make out the active cell that has the thin green line around it. This should be configurable by the user.
While I'm on the topic, User should be able to change font size, font type and font color on MS Outlook folders globally, and more importantly, for individual folders (i.e. to make certain folders stand out).
Finally, User should be able to select exact font size in MS Outlook for conditional formatting for unread messages. Currently it only gives options like "small", "Big", etc. The small is too small and the big is too big. Provide ability to select a specific font size. Do your designers ever work with real people using these products?
These additional user preferences are so obviously needed.
I have spent an awful lot of time to figure out how to highlight columns/rows of active cells.
Most solutions rely on the use of VBA, requiring some skill and is far from user friendly.
Have tried out quite a few, but in my case Excel loads a personal.xlsb file and I could not get the VBA solutions working. I gave up.
I believe an option to highlight columns and/or rows is really a basic thing and almost a 'must' when working on large sheets.
There are very few add-ins (RowLiner, Kutools and FollowCellPointer), whereas a simple Google search on 'excel highlight row active cell' will show there is a high demand for this feature.
Probably it shouldn't be too complicated for the Microsoft developers to introduce.