Table Styles and Formats in Excel
Applying the excel table format style to our data range makes all the formulas to the table dynamic and not to worry about our increment in the data range. Because of the table format of our data formulas are no more referred to range rather we are referring to auto-named ranges of the table.
For example look at the below images. I have applied the sum formula which is of normal data range. Formula refers to the range B2:B11.
Now look at the below image data range is applied excel table format and same SUM function is applied. Here SUM formula range is not B2:B11 rather it says Table1 [Sales]. This column is auto-named range it is named after the column heading name. So no need to worry about the addition and deletion of the data from the table.
This way the table format in excel makes the formula dynamic. In this article, we will discuss different table styles in excel.
How to Create and Format the Table Styles in Excel?
Below we have taken some examples to create an excel table and format the table styles.
Example #1 – Creating the Table
Let us start the process by creating the table. I have a simple sales table for ten years.
Place a cursor inside the data and press Ctrl + T (shortcut key to create tables). You will see a Create Table box check the box my data has headers.
Now we have our table is created it looks like this.
Example #2 – Change the Default Format of Table Style in Excel
Excel applied one of the default table styles in excel. In excel we have a wide variety of inbuilt table styles to select. We can change the existing table style in excel at any point in time.
Step 1: Place a cursor inside the table. As soon as you have selected at least one cell of the table Design tab will activate in the ribbon.
Step 2: Under the Design tab we have many inbuilt table styles to select.
Step 3: click on the drop-down list of Table Styles you will see three kinds of categories. One is Light, second is Medium, the third one is Dark
Step 4: You can select any one of them to change your existing table style. If you move over specific table excel will show its preview immediately.
Example #3 – Create Your Own Table Format Style in Excel
We are not restricted to work with in-built table styles rather we create our own table style to satisfy ourselves. Under New Table Style we can design our new table style.
Click on New Table Style you will see this window
The first thing you need to do is give a table name. I have given the name as “My Table Style”
Now under Table Element select the topic you want to modify. Firstly I have selected Header Row.
Click on Format in excel and give your formatting. For Font, I have given Yellow color, Font Style Bold, and underline Double.
Now go to Fill and select the background color.
Click on OK to complete. We have created a style for our Row Headers and we can see the preview.
Now again under Table Element select Frist Column
Again click on Format. Go to Font color Black, Font Style Bold.
Now go to Fill and select the background color as the light red ascent.
Click on OK. See the preview
We have created our own table format in excel. Apply and see the table style in excel. Under Design, tab click on the drop-down list of table styles. Firstly you will see the Custom table that we have created select that table style.
Ok, now we have applied our own table format style in excel.
Table Style and Format Options in Excel
Not the only formatting thing we can do in tables. We can play with many other styles as well. Under Design tab, we have Table Style Options.
Header Row: If you uncheck this row header will disappear.
First Column: This will make the first column bold.
Things to Remember
- We need to make sure my data has headers checkbox is ticked while creating a table.
- While designing our own table style we need to design each section separately
- By applying the Total Row option we can play with many formulas.
- Always give a table a name of its own. Because it is easy to find which tables are actually working on.
This has been a guide to Excel Table Format and Styles. Here we how to create, format and change the Table Style in Excel along with practical examples and downloadable excel templates. You may also look at these useful functions in excel –
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