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How to Remove Table Formatting in Excel – 4 Easy Ways

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Microsoft Excel Table offers a powerful way to organize and analyze data. Using Excel tables provides several benefits, including automatic range expansion for new data, simplified data sorting, and filtering. You should start using them instantly regardless of the size of your data set, as their benefits are HUGE!

However, many users do not require the default formatting applied when you convert a range into a table. Sometimes you need to clear, modify, or remove table formatting in Excel to suit your needs. In this guide, we’ll explore the following topics in detail –

Let us look at each of these methods in detail.

 

Download the Excel Workbook below to follow along and understand How to Remove Table Formatting in Excel –

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Method 1 – Remove Table Formatting

To remove the default formatting in the Excel table, follow the steps below –

STEP 1: Select any cell inside the table.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 2: Go to the Table Design tab and in the Table Styles group, locate the More button.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 3: Within the dropdown menu, click on Clear to remove table formatting.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

This action will eliminate the default formatting, including banded rows, column headers, and any other applied styles from the table. When you remove table formatting in Excel, you are essentially resetting only the appearance of the range; all other features of an Excel table remain unaffected.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

 

Method 2 – Modify Table Formatting

This method is useful when you want to change the visual appearance and styling of a table to make it more visually appealing, enhance readability, meet company standards, or match specific design preferences. Follow the steps below to modify table formatting in Excel –

STEP 1: Select any cell inside the table.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 2: Go to the Table Design tab and in the Table Styles group, locate the More button.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 3: Within the dropdown menu, select the design and color that meets your expectations.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 4: If you need more colors, go to Page Layout > Colors and there are even more combinations! Select the color you like.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

After picking one, here is the final result for the Excel Table.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

 

Method 3 – Convert to Range

This method is useful when you want to remove all formatting and features applied to the cells and use the range for data entry and calculation. Converting a table to a range in Excel may be desirable for several reasons

  • When you have a huge set of data, converting a table to a range reduces the size of the file.
  • Some Excel functions may not work seamlessly with table structures.
  • When you need to export the data to a platform that does not support Excel tables.

Follow the steps below to convert the table back into a standard range of cells –

STEP 1: Select any cell inside the table.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 2: Go to the Table Design tab and in the Tools group, select Convert to Range.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 3: Select Yes when Excel prompts you to confirm the conversion of the table to a range.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

Here is the final result.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

While the table may appear unchanged, you will no longer have access to its specialized features, such as sorting, filtering, and structured references.

 

Method 4 – Clear Table

This method can be used when you no longer want the data and its formatting. Follow the steps below to remove the table along with its data and format –

STEP 1: Select any cell inside the table.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 2: Press Ctrl + A to highlight all cells within the table.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

STEP 3: Go to Home > Clear > Clear All.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

Here is the final result – All data is gone.

Remove Table Formatting in Excel

 

Conclusion

Microsoft Excel Tables provide a robust solution for organizing and analyzing data, offering benefits such as automatic range expansion and simplified sorting and filtering. Despite their advantages, there are instances where users may need to remove or modify default table formatting.

This guide has explored four methods in detail – remove table formatting, modify table formatting, convert to a range, and clear the entire table.

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