Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Format Many Excel Worksheets with a Single Click

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Format Many Excel Worksheets with a Single Click

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Q. Every month I have to custom-format 24 worksheets with a complex layout, and it's tedious doing them one at a time. Is there some way to do it more efficiently?

A. Yes, you can group the worksheets so that any action performed on one automatically affects all the others. When the tabs are contiguous--that is, lined up next to each other--you can group them by clicking on the first tab and then, while holding down the Shift key, clicking on the last tab. If they are not contiguous, hold down the Ctrl key and click on each sheet you want grouped.

Now do your page setup in any of the grouped worksheets, and all the others will be similarly formatted. When finished, you must ungroup your sheets or any data added to one will be added to the others. To ungroup, click on any sheet not in the group or right-click on a sheet tab and select Ungroup# (see screenshot at right).

Since you have to repeat the process monthly, another possibility is to create a template of the 24-worksheet file. …

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