How to remove bold font of pivot table in Excel?

After creating a pivot table in a worksheet, you will see the font of row labels, subtotal rows and Grand Total rows are bold. If you want to un-bold these rows, the first consider is to apply the Bold feature to remove the bold font. But, in pivot table, you will find this feature will not work normally. Today, I will talk about how to quickly remove bold font in pivot table.

Remove bold font in pivot table with Conditional formatting

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arrow blue right bubble Remove bold font in pivot table with Conditional formatting

The normal Bold feature can’t help us to un-bold the row labels in pivot table, but we can apply the powerful function – Conditional Formatting to solve this problem. Please do as follows:

1. Select the bold font row you want to un-bold in the pivot table, or you can press Ctrl key to select multiple bold font rows as your need. See screenshot:


2. Then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule, see screenshot:


3. In the New Formatting Rule dialog box:

  • (1.) Click Use a formula to determine which cells to format option under Select a Rule Type section;
  • (2.) Then enter this formula =$A$3="Row Labels" into the Format values where this formula is true field, see screenshot:


Note: In the above formula, A3 indicates the first cell reference of bold font rows in your pivot table, and the Row Labels is the cell content of your cell A3. You can change them to your need.

4. Then click Format button, and in the popped out Format Cells dialog, click Font tab, and then choose Regular from the Font style, see screenshot:


5. And then click OK > OK to close the dialogs, and now, you can see your selected bold font rows have been showed as un-bold font, see screenshot:


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    Cecilia · 3 years ago
    To remove bold columns within a pivot table, access "PivotTables Tools" Design Table and uncheck 'Row Headers' the bold columns revert to regular.
    • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished. · 8 months ago
      That is the quicker sollution! Thx.
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      Paolo · 2 years ago
      Thank you!!!
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    Vineshan Chetty · 4 years ago
    With microsoft office 2013, go into the design tab and select normal. This removes all the bold font from the pivot