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Do You See Stripes?

Friday, January 4th, 2008 by | Filed Under: MS Excel, MS Office Help
 
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Do You See Stripes?

Over the years, I’ve received a few requests for quick and easy ways to format every other row in MS Excel with a highlighted color.

Everyone’s tired of completing the formatting manually and I must say, I have to agree!

So, as you can imagine, I was quite pleased to find a way to make those formatting changes with just a few clicks in Excel 2007.

Do you use Excel 2007?

If so, this tip’s for you!

First, highlight the section of the worksheet you need to format.

On the Home ribbon, you’re looking for the Format as Table button. (I know you don’t want a table, but we’ll take care of that in a minute).

Select the formatting of your choice.

Excel will then confirm that the highlighted range of cells should be converted to a table.

Click OK.

You’ll then be returned to your worksheet, where you’ll find that Excel has turned your highlighted range into a table.

The header row you see can be removed by unchecking “Header Row” in the Table Style Options section of the Table Tools Design ribbon.

Finally, you’ll return the cells to a normal worksheet.

First, make sure you have a cell of the table selected.

Now, click the Convert to Range button (also located on the Table Tools Design ribbon).

Voila!

Highlighting every other row, without all the manual work!

~ April

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