Microsoft Excel Formatting Tips: Collection of 72 Quick and Easy Tips for Handling Excel Formats

Endless Possibilities with Excel Formatting

Most Excel users are familiar with the software’s basic formatting abilities, such as changing the size and background color of cells and their contents. But, what most don’t realize is that these tools can be used for much, much more.

With this collection of 72 Excel formatting tips, Mr. Excel explains how you can use the software’s formatting capabilities to enhance other organizational and analytical tools. All of these tutorials are written in a sharp, clear manner with accompanying screenshots and examples so you can see the tools in action.

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More Excel Tips

The Excel Formatting Tips series is actually Part 4 of a much larger collection of Excel tips written by Bill Jelen, also known as Mr. Excel. You may also be interested in the following groups that make up the other parts of the entire collection.

  • Part 1: The Excel Environment – The first part of Mr. Excel’s popular series takes a look at all the different ways you can customize the Excel interface, making your workflow process more productive and ultra efficient. This group of tutorials also includes printing tips and advice on how to use Excel’s automated features.
  • Part 2: Calculating with Excel – Want to learn how to take full advantage of Excel’s calculation features? Check out this set of 91 tips that cover everything from calculating multiple loan payment scenarios to playing dice games, like Craps, in Excel.
  • Part 3: Wrangling Data – Learn more about the data organization and analysis tools found in Excel, including Pivot Table tricks and What-If Analyses.
  • Part 4: Formatting Excel – You can use Excel’s formatting features for much more than just making your final spreadsheet "look good." You can also utilize these tools to add new data to existing charts, recognize exceptions in large reports, and much more.