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I have an issue where I created an excel file which is displaying differently on multiple computers. I read online that it is related to the display resolution of the specific computer it's being opened on. Is there any way to make the file display universally without any added scripts,codes or macros? Also, are there any tips for creating the most compatible spread sheets possible?

Before saving the file, use View/Arrange All/ and check the "Windows of active workbook". Then maximize the window. THen save the file.
No tips on creating "compatible spreadsheets" - but if your clients are using excel 2003, you should work in Excel 2003 to ensure compatibility. Work in the lowest version of your clients, or insist they must have Excel 2010 (or 2013 or 2007...) in order to use your product.
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