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How to save custom cell format in Excel?

Here, for instance, you have formatted a cell with some special formats, and now you want to save this custom cell format so that you can quickly apply this cell format to the cells in other worksheets or workbooks later. Now I introduce some tricks for you to save a custom cell or range format in Excel.

Save custom cell format with Save command

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For example, you have formatted a cell as below screenshot, now you want to save this custom cell format.

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In Excel, to save a custom cell format, you only can save the workbook of the custom cell as a new workbook, then open this workbook when you need to apply this custom cell format.

After setting the custom cell, click File or Office button > Save As, and in the popping Save As dialog, select a folder to save the new workbook and type CustomCellFormat in File name textbox. And click Save. See screenshot:

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Now the custom cell format has been saved in the specified workbook, when you need to apply it, just open the workbook and copy the custom cell and paste the formatting only.


arrow blue right bubble Save custom cell as auto text with Kutools for Excel

With above method, you need to find and open the workbook which contains the custom cell format, which is too tedious. Here I can introduce an interesting utility – Auto Text of Kutools for Excel, which can save the custom cell or range format as an auto text, and you can apply the cell format in any cells of any workbooks.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. After cell format setting, click Kutools > Insert > AutoText. See screenshot:

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2. Then the Auto Text pane appears in the left of worksheet, and select the cell with custom format and click the plus button to show the New AutoText dialog, and type a name for this custom cell format, and select Ranges from the Group drop down list. See screenshot:

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3. Click Add, and now the selected cell format has been added as auto text.

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When you need to apply this cell format, you just need to select the cells which you want to apply this format, and click Kutools > Insert > Auto Text, then select the custom cell, now you can see the cells are applied with the same format as the custom cell.

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Tip: If your cells have been filled by contents already, the contents will be replaced with the custom cell’s content, so please apply the cell format before type the cell contents.

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