Software & Apps MS Office How to Use Excel's AutoFormat Feature Improve readability and save time with built-in table formats By Ted French Writer Former Lifewire writer Ted French is a Microsoft Certified Professional who teaches and writes about spreadsheets and spreadsheet programs. our editorial process Ted French Updated March 09, 2020 MS Office Excel Word Powerpoint Outlook Tweet Share Email Manually formatting a Microsoft Excel worksheet can be tedious and time-consuming. Fortunately, Excel's AutoFormat option simplifies the process, effortlessly helping you create a professional, clean worksheet. Here's how to add and use the AutoFormat feature in Excel. Instructions in this article apply to Excel 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010, as well as Excel for Office 365. AutoFormat Styles and Areas There are 17 AutoFormat styles available in Excel. These styles affect number formatting, borders, fonts, patterns and background colors, alignment, and column and row size Add AutoFormat to the Quick Access Toolbar To use AutoFormat, add the AutoFormat icon to the Quick Access Toolbar so it can be accessed when you need it. After you add AutoFormat, it remains on the Quick Access Toolbar. Select the Quick Access Toolbar dropdown arrow. Choose More Commands to open the Customize the Quick Access Toolbar dialog box. Select the Choose commands from the dropdown arrow. Choose All Commands to display all the commands available in Excel. Scroll through the alphabetical list and choose AutoFormat. Select Add. Select OK to add the AutoFormat icon to the Quick Access Toolbar. Apply an AutoFormat Style To quickly apply an AutoFormat style to a table: Highlight the data in the worksheet that you want to format. Go to the Quick Access Toolbar and select AutoFormat. In the AutoFormat dialog box, choose a style. Select OK to close the dialog box. The new style is applied to the table. To apply a different style, select any cell in the table and choose AutoFormat. Modify an AutoFormat Style Before Applying It If you don't like any of the available styles, modify a style before you apply it to a worksheet. In the AutoFormat dialog box, select Options. In the Formats to apply section, clear the checkboxes for the formats you don't want to use in the table. The examples in the dialog box update to reflect the changes. Select OK to apply the modified style. Modify an AutoFormat Style After Applying It After you apply a style to a table, modify the table style with the formatting options found on the Home tab of the ribbon. Then, save the modified AutoFormat style as a custom style that can be used with other tables and worksheets. To create custom AutoFormat styles for tables: Select any cell in the table. Go to the Home tab, select Format as Table, then choose New Table Style. In the New Table Style dialog box, choose a table element and select Format to apply the font, border, or fill formatting you like. Do this for each table element you want to change. Select the Set as default table style for this document checkbox if you want to automatically use this style when formatting tables, then select OK to save the AutoFormat style. To use the custom style, highlight a table, go to Home, select Format as Table, and choose the custom style.