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Cool Formatting In Four Clicks

I'm sure you are aware that Excel allows you to format your worksheets with an almost endless assortment of fonts, colors, borders, and patterns. You probably have created spreadsheets where you spent more time on formatting than you did on the basic data input and formulas.

Fortunately, Excel has a cool option when you want a great looking reports but don't have time to mess with all that formatting. And it only takes four clicks.

  1. Select a cell within the table you want to format
  2. From the Format menu select AutoFormat...
  3. Choose one of the predefined formats.
  4. Click OK (If you don't like the result, click Edit, Undo (or CTRL+Z)and try again)
The Options button in the AutoFormat dialog box allows you to choose any combination of Number, Font, Alignment, Borders, Patterns or Width/Height formats from that particular AutoFormat.

AutoFormat may not always be the answer to your formatting needs, especially with more complicated tables. But for basic data tables in Excel, AutoFormat can give you some pretty cool results in a flash.

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