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  • Little Boxes in Excel

    Topic Resolution: Resolved

    I want to do straightforward editing on a worksheet. These little boxes in the upper left are interfering.

    What are they, and how do I get rid of them?


    Lou Sander

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    • #2390136

      Can you please provide a picture and point out the little boxes you refer to? The only “little boxes” I can think of that appear in Excel actually  appear in the lower right corner of each cell; those boxes let you create a list (typically numerical but not necessarily) by just dragging the little box.

      If I could see a picture of what’s in your way, I might be able to help.

      Elaine Marmel

      • #2390158


        There is an uploaded file, clearly showing the boxes in the upper left.

        Anyway, the problem is solved.

        Lou Sander

      • #2390161

        Anonymous readers cannot see attachments that are not inserted into the post

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        • #2390178

          How do we insert pictures into a post? That would have been what I wanted to do here.

          Lou Sander

          • #2390179

            When you are editing, after attaching, there will be a link “insert into content.”
            Be careful – it will go where the cursor is in the text. Put it on it’s own line.


    • #2390142

      Looks like an Outline Group:

      Outline (group) data in a worksheet

      Try Data, Outline, Ungroup, Clear Outline.

      Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1320 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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    • #2390156

      That did it. Thanks!

      Lou Sander

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    • #2390164

      My fault, Lou, on the picture. I forgot to log in before replying and so didn’t see the image you provided. I’m sorry and I’m glad you got the problem solved.


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