Got a version of Excel that uses the menu interface (Excel 97, Excel 2000, Excel 2002, or Excel 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.
With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company.
Learn more about Allen...
Excel provides a powerful feature that allows you to standardize your formatting easily and quickly. These are called styles, which are nothing more than patterns for how you want cells to look. These patterns are saved, using names you define, and can then be reused as you need them.
The quickest way to create a style is to first format a cell manually. It should possess the formatting attributes you want contained in the style. Make all the changes to the font, number format, alignment, color, patterns, and borders that you want. When it appears as you want it to, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Style dialog box.
You can also define a style that is not based on the current cell, even though Excel always assumes you will use the current cell. This is done by entering the style name in the Style dialog box and then clicking on the Modify button. You will then see the Format Cells dialog box where you can make changes for the style you are defining.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2677) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.
Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!