Create Worksheet Groups For Fast Formatting

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

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Q. When I create a new customized workbook in Excel, I usually need to set up as many as a dozen worksheets in that file, some with similar formatting. Is there a way to set the formatting style for them all at once?

A. There is, and it’s very easy. You can create a style that affects all or just some of the sheets. If you want the style to affect all, right click on any worksheet tab to produce this screen:

Click on Select All Sheets and whatever formatting you set for that tab will affect all the others. If you want to affect only some sheets, hold down the Ctrl key as you click the appropriate sheet tabs to create a group. Then start your formatting.

To ungroup the selection (no matter whether you’ve previously selected all of them or just some of them), right click on any tab in the group and choose Ungroup Sheets .

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