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How to preserve formatting after refreshing pivot table?

Sometimes, you may remove the check mark of the Preserve cell formatting on update item in the pivot table options accidentally. And in this case, the formatting will be removed after refreshing if your pivot table contains cell formatting. This is very annoying that the pivot table can’t retain the formatting. Today, I will talk about an easy trick to deal with this task.

Preserve formatting after refreshing pivot table

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To keep the cell formatting when you refresh your pivot table, please do with following steps:

1. Select any cell in your pivot table, and right click.

2. Then choose PivotTable Options from the context menu, see screenshot:


3. In the PivotTable Options dialog box, click Layout & Format tab, and then check Preserve cell formatting on update item under the Format section, see screenshot:


4. And then click OK to close this dialog, and now, when you format your pivot table and refresh it, the formatting will not be disappeared any more.

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    forzajonesy · 8 months ago
    does not work for me either on multiple instances of excel
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    Mike C · 10 months ago
    "Sometimes, you may remove the check mark of the Preserve cell formatting on update ... Today, I will talk about an easy trick to deal with this task" - what, you mean like, re-checking the box? Not exactly earth-shattering news...
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    Pat · 1 years ago
    I'm using Excel 2013 and Preserve Formatting isn't working. The spreadsheet I am using was originally generated in Excel 2007.
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    Valentino · 1 years ago
    doesnt work
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    Aliyyah · 1 years ago
    Thank you this worked really well for me and saved alot of time!