Chapter 6. Smart Formatting Tricks

6. Smart Formatting Tricks

In the previous chapter, you took a comprehensive tour of Excel's formatting fundamentals. But of course, just because the features exist doesn't mean they're easy to use. Digging through the different options and applying a full range of formatting settings can be a tedious task. Fortunately, Excel also includes a few timesavers that let you speed up many formatting jobs.

In this chapter, you'll try out the essential formatting techniques that every Excel guru loves. They include:

  • The Format Painter , which provides a quick and dirty way to transfer formatting from one cell to another.

  • Styles , which let you standardize your favorite formatting choices so you can use them again.

  • Themes , which give you a toolkit with a collection of ready-to-use styles that can jazz up the dullest worksheet.

  • Conditional formatting , which gets Excel to do the hard work of finding values you're interested in and then highlighting them with custom formatting (or even a tiny icon).

None of these tools are new to Excel 2007, but Microsoft has vastly improved the styles, themes, and conditional formatting features so they look better, do more, and are easier to use. Once you master these four timesavers, you'll have the secret to making great-looking worksheets.

Excel 2007[c] The Missing Manual
Excel 2007[c] The Missing Manual
ISBN: 596527594
Year: 2007
Pages: 173 © 2008-2017.
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