Why you need to create 'stylish' Excel spreadsheets
Style applies to Excel spreadsheets as well.
Tech Republic says that most Excel users would probably agree that the programme is a Godsend when it comes to creating spreadsheets, yet the results can often be boring to look at.
The site says that 'thankfully, Excel also provides the tools to make your spreadsheets look polished, professional, and pleasing to the eye.'
This is important because if your spreadsheet is presentable this helps you communicate results effectively and also reduces errors.
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Apply these seven tips to make your spreadsheets more professional and pleasing to the eye
Tech Republic outlines seven tips you can use to make your spreadsheets more professional and pleasing to the eye:
#1: Choose the right font
Choosing a clear, readable font such as Arial or Calibri is a simple first step towards creating an attractive, business-like spreadsheet.
#2: Limit use of different fonts
Two different font styles can help to differentiate between headers and main text. More than two, however, can be distracting.
#3: Center your title
Use the 'Merge Cells' or 'Center Across Selection' options to create a professional, centered title for your spreadsheet.
#4: Start in b2
Leaving row 1 and column A blank is an easy way to create some space in your document.
#5: Bold your headers
Headers that stand out from the main text can help to make your spreadsheet easier to read. Bolding them is a quick and easy way to do this.
#6: Vary your font sizes
Using a larger font size for headings and sub-headings makes for a more readable spreadsheet. It's also a good idea to keep your basic font size large enough to read clearly.
#7: Play with grid lines
All those lines separating all those numbers can look very confusing. By opting to show only the lines around your results column, for example, you can make a big difference to the readability of your Excel spreadsheet.
Well there you have it. Don't overlook formatting when it comes to Excel spreadsheets. Using these tips will go a long way in ensuring that your Excel spreadsheets are more professional and pleasing to the eye. This will in turn help you communicate results effectively and reduce errors.