AutoFormat styles in Calc

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This description refers to the version LibreOffice 5.3.

The video "AutoFormat_Templates in LibreOffice Calc" links to this page, which contains further information and details.

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AutoFormat Vorlagen in Calc

"AutoFormat" Dialog

Apply AutoFormat templates

Tables should often look representative.

Doing this manually every time, especially when you need to create tables frequently, is very time consuming.

To simplify this work, we can use the function "AutoFormat templates …" to automatically apply desired formats to a table or to a selected range of cells.

Open Calc.

Select at least 4 x 4 cells, or larger, as large as the table should be later, including the required column and row headings and sums to be automatically formatted.

Then select Format ▸ AutoFormat Templates ….

In the "AutoFormat" dialog, you can choose which formatting – ("Numbers", "Font", "Orientation", "Outline", "Pattern" and / or "Automatically adjust width / height") - to AutoFormat want to involve.

Select the desired "Format" and click on OK.

Redefine an AutoFormat template

If you don't like any of the given formats, you can also create a format ourselves.

To do this, format an area on the worksheet of at least 4 x 4 cells, or larger, as large as the table should be later, including the headings for rows and columns and the display of sums.

Now you define all details for the template.

This affects the font and size, orientation, border and colors.

When the table is complete, mark the entire table space and select Format ▸ AutoFormat Templates ….

In the dialog, "AutoFormat" click on Add.

In the opening dialog, "Add AutoFormat" you give a name, e.g. "Format_01", for the new format and click on OK.

The newly created format "Format_01" will now be displayed in the "AutoFormat" dialog with the name on the left.

Close the dialog with OK.

You can now use the new format "Format_01".

 If the change in the color of the cell contents is not displayed, select View ▸ Highlight Values from the menu bar or press Ctrl + F8.
 This feature only affects cells with numeric data.

Sidebar - Styles/Table Styles in Writer

The sidebar ( F11 ) displays the Table styles that are also in the list in the "AutoFormat" dialog.

Once you have added a new AutoFormat style, it is also selectable in the sidebar for Table styles.

So you can also mark a table and assign the desired table style with a double-click.

 AutoFormat Styles = Table Styles

Further Informations

Related topics

Cell Styles in Calc - LO72

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