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Excel 2007 Displays Columns from Right to Left When Opening an Excel File


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Symptoms

When an Excel file is opened from the Windows Desktop or Windows Explorer, it will open with the columns displayed from right to left even if English is the default language.  This will occur if the configuration includes a non-English language that displays text from right to left even if that language is not the default language, and if the file was created using the context menu on the Windows Desktop or in a Windows Explorer Window.  The sheet tabs will also be displayed in the non-English language.

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Resolution

The incorrect display of the columns will only occur if the steps listed below are followed.

  1. Create the Excel file by clicking on the right mouse button to display the context menu.
  2. Choose 'Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet' to create a new Excel file.
  3. Accept the default filename or modify it.  Then press the ENTER key.
  4. On the Windows Desktop or in a Windows Explorer window, open the Excel file.
  5. Observe that the columns are displayed from right to left.

To avoid this display of the columns, launch Microsoft Excel 2007, and then open the file.

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Keywords: KB2000985

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Article Info
Article ID : 2000985
Revision : 1
Created on : 10/27/2009
Published on : 10/27/2009
Exists online : False
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