I see the inconvenience. That's why Excel, like Word (normal.dot) has a default template. Just make that as you wish and you're done.
Hope this helps.
Create a new document with MS Excel and the default vertical alignment for each cell is "bottom".
To me this is illogical, and should be "top"; as soon as wrap is invoked I don't want leading white space above the shorter text elements, but because of bottom anchoring this is what happens.
Tools / Options / International tab has a left-right / right-left option presumably to cater for languages such as Arabic, but I can't find an option for what I want.
Does it exist please?
I'll even do a registry hack if I need to.