Copying Styles

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 16, 2018)

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Excel allows you to copy styles from one workbook to another, but refers to this procedure as merging. You might wish to do this when you are creating a new workbook that presents information similar to that contained in a different workbook.

To copy styles, follow these steps:

  1. Open both workbooks (the one you want to copy from and the one you want to copy to) at the same time.
  2. Make sure the workbook you want to copy to is the active workbook.
  3. Choose Style from the Format menu. Excel displays the Style dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Style dialog box.

  5. Click on the Merge button. You will then see the Merge Styles dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  6. Figure 2. The Merge Styles dialog box.

  7. From the list of available workbooks, choose the one from which you want to copy styles.
  8. Click on OK.
  9. If you are asked to confirm your decision, do so.

The styles are copied as you directed, and the merge is completed.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

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. ...

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What is eight more than 8?

2018-06-16 10:47:47

Mae

For easier and earlier understanding, the label of 'Merge...' in the 'Style' dialog box should be written 'Merge from'. Thank you.


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