Excel: Transform Black-and-White Spreadsheets to Color by Using a Table

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Problem: My worksheet is boring black and white. I want to jazz it up with color.

Strategy: Format the range as a Table. Use the Table Styles gallery to format the spreadsheet. Here's how you do it:

  1. Select one cell in your range of data. Press Ctrl+T or select Insert, Table icon.
  2. Excel asks to confirm the location of your table and indicate if there are headers. Click OK.

  1. Accept the table range.
    1. A new Table Tools Design ribbon tab appears. Use the Table Styles gallery, in conjunction with the Table Style Options check boxes to format your table.

  2. Choose a color scheme from the gallery.

    Additional Details: The gallery shows variations on six color schemes. To use new color schemes, you can choose a new theme from the Page Layout tab of the ribbon.

    Additional Details: Creating a table enables many new and powerful features. If those features annoy you, then use the Convert to Range button on the Design ribbon. Excel will convert the data from a table to a regular range, but the formatting will remain.

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