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How to clear table formatting style without losing table data in Excel?

Sometimes you may need to clear the table formatting style from a table but reserve table data in Excel. Apart from copying the table and pasting as values, this article will introduce a couple of ways to clear/delete table formatting style without losing table data in Excel.

Clear table formatting style without losing table data by Convert to Range feature

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One click to convert a table to plain text of range in Excel

When applying Home > Clear > Clear Formats to a table, it will remove fill color, font color or other formats from the table. However, the selected range is still a table. But you want to remove all kinds of formats from the selected table and convert it to a normal range with plain text. In this case, try the Clear All Cell Formatting utility of Kutools for Excel. Full Feature Free Trial 30-day!
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Actually we can apply the Convert to Range feature to remove table formatting style from a table easily. Please do as follows:

1. Select any cell in the table you will clear table formatting from to activate the Table Tools, and then click Design > Convert to Range. See screenshot:

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Note: You can also right click any cell in the table, and then click Table > Convert to Range from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:

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2. In the popping up Microsoft Excel dialog box, please click the Yes button.

And now you will see the table formatting style has been removed/cleared from original table. However, original table’s fill color, font color and other formatting styles are reserved. See screenshot:


If you need to remove all table formatting styles, including fill color, font color, etc. from a table, you can try Kutools for Excel’s Clear All Cells Formatting utility.

1. Select the entire table that you will remove the table formatting style from, and click Kutools > Format > Clear All Cells Formatting.

Now you will see all table formatting styles, including the fill color and font color are removed from original table as below screenshot shown:

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