How to Change Table Style in Excel & Google Sheets

Written by

Mel Jenkins

Reviewed by

Laura Tsitlidze

Last updated on March 31, 2023

This tutorial demonstrates how to change table styles in Excel and Google Sheets.


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Change Excel Table Style

If your data is formatted as a table in Excel, you can access the Table Design tab on the Ribbon.

  1. Select the table, and then in the Ribbon, go to Table Design > Table Styles. Scroll to show alternative styles in the style box, and then click on the Style you want.


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  1. Alternatively, to see more styles, click on the More button (the bottom down arrow).


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  1. This brings up a list of all available styles.


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  1. Select the one you want to apply it to your table.


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Create Custom Style

You can also create a custom style.

  1. At the bottom of the list of styles, click New Table Style…


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  1. In the Name field, type a new name for your style. Then from the Table Element list, choose the property to format. Finally, click Format.


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  1. Adjust the Font, Border, and Fill. Then click OK to close the Format Cells dialog box.


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  1. Notice that in the Table Element list, the elements that you formatted are now bolded. A preview of your style is shown on the right side of the New Table Style box. Click OK to add your New Style to the list.


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  1. Click in the table styles box and choose a custom style to apply.


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Table Style Options

You can also use table style options to change the appearance of your table.

In the Ribbon, go to Table Design > Table Style Options.


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All the options available are toggle checkboxes – you tick them on or off:

  • Tick to add or remove the Header Row.
  • Tick to show or remove the Total Row.
  • To remove alternating row colors, untick Banded Rows.
  • To format (or highlight) the first column, tick First Column. You can also do this for the Last Column.
  • To add alternating column colors, tick Banded Columns.
  • Tick to switch the Filter Buttons at the top of each column on or off.

Change the Table Style in Google Sheets

In Google Sheets, you can’t insert a table, but you can format cells with alternating colors.

  1. Select the data range where you want to display banded rows (B1:E8), and in the Menu, go to Format > Alternating colors.


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  1. In the window on the right side, choose a style (e.g., blue). You can also change colors for header and items and make your own custom style. Once you have chosen your colors, click Done.


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The rows in your range are now banded (alternatively colored).


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