You can control other worksheet elements in the Excel Options dialog. Choose File, Options, Advanced. Scroll down to Display.Options for This Workbook. You can turn off the display of sheet tabs and the scrollbars.
Figure 1231 Turn off scrollbars in the Excel Options dialog.
Your worksheet will now look cleaner.
Figure 1232 Less intimidating for people new to Excel.
Gotcha: Turning off all the scrollbar and sheet tab options will affect the entire workbook. Because someone will have to enter data on the other worksheets, this might make it difficult to actually use Excel when an Excel rookie moves on to the other worksheets in the workbook.
Gotcha: The background will never print. See the next topic for a workaround.
Gotcha: If you zoom in or out, the cell sizes will change, but the picture will stay the same size. You might get a picture that perfectly fills A1:J15, but after zooming out, the picture will cover A1:M20.
Additional Details: In order to change the background image on a worksheet, you must first remove the first image by selecting Page Layout, Delete Picture.