- Apply table styles.
- Apply cell styles.
Like any Microsoft program, Excel will default to certain fonts, texts, and styles when you create a new worksheet. It is also very easy within Excel to format individual cells with cell styles or multiple cells with a table style. Not only can formatting help make your tables more attractive, but it can also help indicate information about the contents, such as whether the data in a cell reaches a target goal.
There are many default table styles within Excel, as shown in the screenshot below. Among other uses, styles let you apply color schemes to tables that can make them more readable. In order to apply a particular table style:
- Select all the cells that belong in your table.
- Click on the “Format as Table” button.
- Choose which table style to apply.
In the screenshot example, each column is a particular type of information (Last name, First Name, Address). These are known as headers. When applying the table style, be sure to check the box if your table has headers that you have already entered.
Your final table would look something like the table below using the options shown in the screenshots.
In order to apply a particular cell style:
- Select the cell(s) you wish to format.
- Click on the appropriate style for your cell.
In the screenshot below, two cells have a style applied.
- “Good” cell indicates the data in that cell is good or correct.
- “Check” cell indicates you may need to verify the information in that cell.