Excel 2007 For Dummies
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In Excel 2007, you can apply a predefined table format to a data table. The Format as Table feature displays an extensive Table gallery with the formatting thumbnails divided into three sections — Light, Medium, and Dark — each of which describes the intensity of the colors used by it various formats.

Click any cell within the group of cells you want to format as a table.

If you select multiple nonadjacent cells before you click the Format as Table command button, the table formats in the Table gallery are not available. This feature works only with one contiguous group of cells.

Click the Format as Table command button in the Styles group on the Home tab.

Click the Format as Table command button in the Styles group on the Home tab.

A gallery of table formats appears. You can also build your own custom color format by clicking the New Table Style button below the tabler formats.

Click a thumbnail in the gallery.

Click a thumbnail in the gallery.

Excel makes its best guess as to the cell range of the data table to apply it to (indicated by the marquee around its perimeter) and the Format As Table dialog box appears.

If the cell range for the table is incorrect, drag through the range in the worksheet.

The table range appears in the Where Is the Data for Your Table? text box.

Click OK.

Click OK.

Excel formats the table with the style you selected, and the Table Tools Design contextual tab appears at the end of the Ribbon. Use the options on this tab to change the table style or modify other table settings.

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