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Advanced Settings of the Spreadsheet Editor

The Spreadsheet Editor allows you to change its general advanced settings. To access them, open the File tab on the top toolbar and select the Advanced Settings... option. You can also click the View settings View settings icon icon on the right side of the editor header and select the Advanced settings option.

The General advanced settings are:

  • Commenting Display is used to turn on/off the live commenting option:
    • Turn on display of the comments - if you disable this feature, the commented cells will be marked in the sheet only if you click the Comments Comments icon icon on the left sidebar.
    • Turn on display of the resolved comments - this feature is disabled by default to hide the resolved comments in the sheet. You can view such comments only if you click the Comments Comments icon icon on the left sidebar. Enable this option if you want to display the resolved comments in the sheet.
  • Autosave is used in the online version to turn on/off automatic saving of changes made during the editing process.
  • Autorecover - is used in the desktop version to turn on/off the option that allows you to automatically recover spreadsheets if the program closes unexpectedly.
  • Reference Style is used to turn on/off the R1C1 reference style. By default, this option is disabled and the A1 reference style is used.

    When the A1 reference style is used, columns are designated by letters, and rows are designated by numbers. If you select the cell located in row 3 and column 2, its address displayed in the box to the left of the the formula bar looks like this: B3. If the R1C1 reference style is enabled, both rows and columns are designated by numbers. If you select the cell at the intersection of row 3 and column 2, its address will look like this: R3C2. Letter R indicates the row number and letter C indicates the column number.

    Active cell

    In case you refer to other cells using the R1C1 reference style, the reference to a target cell is formed based on the distance from an active cell. For example, when you select the cell in row 5 and column 1 and refer to the cell in row 3 and column 2, the reference is R[-2]C[1]. The numbers in square brackets designate the position of the cell relative to the current cell position, i.e. the target cell is 2 rows up and 1 column to the right of the active cell. If you select the cell in row 1 and column 2 and refer to the same cell in row 3 and column 2, the reference is R[2]C, i.e. the target cell is 2 rows down from the active cell and in the same column.

    Relative reference

  • Co-editing Mode is used to select how the changes made during the co-editing are displayed:
    • By default, the Fast mode is selected, and the co-authors will see all the changes in real time as soon as they are made by others.
    • If you prefer not to see the changes made by other users (so that they do not disturb you), select the Strict mode, and all the changes will be shown only after you click the Save Save icon icon, and you will be informed that there are changes by other users.
  • Default Zoom Value is used to set the default zoom value by selecting it in the list of available options from 50% to 200%.
  • Font Hinting is used to specify how a font is displayed in the Spreadsheet Editor:
    • Choose As Windows to display fonts in the same manner as on a Mac, i.e. without any font hinting at all.
    • Choose As OS if you like the way fonts are usually displayed on a Mac, i.e. without any font hinting at all.
    • Choose Native to display the text with hinting embedded into the font files.
  • Default cache mode - used to select the cache mode for the font characters. It’s not recommended to switch it without any reason. It can be helpful in some cases only, for example, when an issue with the enabled hardware acceleration in the Google Chrome browser occurs.

    The Spreadsheet Editor has two cache modes:

    1. In the first cache mode, each letter is cached as a separate picture.
    2. In the second cache mode, a picture of a certain size is selected where letters are placed dynamically and a mechanism of allocating/removing memory in this picture is also implemented. If there is not enough memory, a second picture is created, etc.

    The Default cache mode setting applies two above mentioned cache modes separately for different browsers:

    • When the Default cache mode setting is enabled, Internet Explorer (v. 9, 10, 11) uses the second cache mode, other browsers use the first cache mode.
    • When the Default cache mode setting is disabled, Internet Explorer (v. 9, 10, 11) uses the first cache mode, other browsers use the second cache mode.
  • Unit of Measurement is used to specify what units are used for measuring elements parameters such as width, height, spacing, margins etc. You can select the Centimeter, Point, or Inch option.
  • Formula Language is used to select the language for displaying and entering formula names.
  • Regional Settings is used to select the default display format for currency and date and time.
  • Separator is used to specify the characters that you want to use as separators for decimals and thousands. The Use separators based on regional settings option is selected by default. If you want to use custom separators, uncheck this box and enter the necessary characters in the Decimal separator and Thousands separator fields below.
  • Cut, copy and paste - used to show the Paste Options button when content is pasted. Check the box to enable this feature.
  • Macros Settings - used to set macros display with a notification.
    • Choose Disable all to disable all macros within the spreadsheet;
    • Show notification to receive notifications about macros within the spreadsheet;
    • Enable all to automatically run all macros within the spreadsheet.

To save the changes you made, click the Apply button.

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