Saving a Custom Table Style

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 4, 2023)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021


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Mike has a table style that he likes to use to format his tables with a certain color, border, etc. However, he doesn't know of a way to save this table style so that he can use it the next time he creates a new worksheet. Instead, he finds that he has to re-create the table style again each time. Mike wonders if there is a way to save the table style so that he can just use it across many workbooks.

Excel allows you to create your own table styles through the following general steps:

  1. Display the Home tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Format As Table tool, in the Styles group. Excel displays a variety of formats you can use.
  3. Scroll down through the options, to the very bottom.
  4. Select the New Table Style option. Excel displays the New Table Style dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The New Table Style dialog box.

  6. Provide a name for your custom table style.
  7. Use the controls in the dialog box to define how you want the style to look.
  8. Click OK to close the dialog box.

Your new style is defined, and it will be usable for the balance of the current Excel session. (You can see it at the top of the styles, in the Custom section, when you click the Foramt As Table tool on the Home tab of the ribbon.) If you want the style to be accessible in future sessions of Excel, then it is best to save the workbook as a template. You do that by pressing F12 to display the Save As dialog box and using the Save As Type drop-down list to specify you are saving a template.

Once saved as a template, you can later base new workbooks on this template, which means that the custom table style (along with any other customizations) will be available for you to use.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2023-03-06 06:49:56

Alex Blakenburg

If you are already using a Book.xltx ie default template for a new workbook and you want to have your new custom Table Style in that, then in your open workbook apply your new style to an existing table.
Open an empty workbook (Ctrl+N).
Copy the table or sheet with the table into the New workbook.
This will bring the new style across.
Delete the Table or Sheet from the New Workbook.
Save the New Workbook back as a template over your Book.xltx.
The new table style will now be available in any new workbook you create.


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