Easily reading / viewing a large number of rows and columns in Excel

There may be a lot of rows and columns in your worksheet, and it is difficult for you to check for formulas or data in such a huge worksheet. But with Kutools for Excel’s Reading Layout utility, which makes it easier to check for data by highlighting the row and column of the active cell as follows:

Reading Layout  Demo

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How to highlight active cell row and column:

You can select one cell or a range of cells in your worksheet, and click Kutools > Reading Layout > Reading Layout to enable this Reading Layout utility. And the entire columns and rows of the selected cells are highlighted intuitively. See screenshots:

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  • Enable Reading Layout: click on this option to enable or disable the Reading Layout.
  • Reading Layout Settings: click on this option to configure the settings of the Reading Layout in the Reading Layout Settings dialog box. See screenshot:

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  • 1. You can cancel this utility by clicking the Reading Layout command.
  • 2. If you open multiple Excel files, this Reading Layout feature is applied to all of them.
  • 3. This Reading Layout will not be enabled automatically when you launch the workbook next time.
  • 4. By default, the currently selected cells will not be highlighted. If you want to highlight the currently selected cells too, you can tick the Highlight the area of active cell in the Reading Layout Settings dialog.
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  • 5. If the cell content overflows the currently editing cell, the editing cell and the overflowing area won’t be highlighted by default.
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Reading Layout Demo

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    Andrew · 2 years ago
    This solved one of my biggest headaches. I have one program that outputs a report that when exported to Excell it creates 200 worksheets! I have never been able to use it until now. Merging all of them into one worksheet only takes a few minutes with Kutools.
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    Arun · 3 years ago
    Thanks A lot of this product, mainly its use for reading layout & shortcuts of left side menu
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    Rodger A Sanders · 3 years ago
    My OS: Windows 7 Pro fully updated
    My Excel: 2010
    My sheet: Range R1C6:R504C6 is in use


    1. Magnification: 60%
    2. Rows 313-355 show
    3. Cell R354:C6 selected
    4. Column 5 fills to row 323. Row 354 no fill
    5. Mag to 50%
    6. Rows 311-357 show
    7. Column 5 fills top to bottom. Row 354 fills left to right
    8. Mag to 60%. Goto 4.
    9. Mag to 70%.
    10. Rows 319-354 show
    11. Column 6 fills to row 325. Row 354 is empty.
    12. Click R354:C6
    13. No change!
    14. WHY?

    NOTE: At 60% magnification selecting any cell on visible sheet on rows greater than 323 demonstrates same problem.
    Selecting row 323 or lower i.e R320 the function works as expected with row and column selected but only to
    row 323!
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    John · 6 years ago
    Thank you for a good product.
    I am using reading layout at the moment but it only highlights in some parts of the spreadsheet. If I move the cursor further the highlights disappear.

    I am using Windows 8.1 and Office 2013.
    Also I am filtering the spreadsheet to look at certain rows.

    Thank you for your assistance with this.

    I am entering data in another program and need the highlight option.