Formatting Tables

Formatting Excel tables can improve how your spreadsheet looks. Use the table function in Excel to also better organize content.

Introduction

Formatting Tables Once you have entered information into a spreadsheet, you may want to format it. Formatting your spreadsheet can not only make it look nicer but also easier to use. In a previous lesson, we discussed manual formatting options such as bold and italics. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the predefined tables styles in Excel 2007 and some of the Table Tools on the Design tab.

Formatting tables

To format information as a table:

Format as Table
Format as Table Dialog Box

By default, the table will be set up with the drop-down arrows in the header so you can filter the table if you wish.

In addition to using the Format as Table command, you can select the Insert tab and click the Table command to insert a table.

To modify a table:

Table Tools Design Tab

You can:

When you apply a table style, filtering arrows automatically appear. To turn off filtering, select the Home tab, click the Sort & Filter command, and select Filter from the list.

Challenge!

Use the Inventory workbook or any workbook you choose to complete this challenge.