Copy cell styles from another workbook

When you create new cell styles in a workbook, you may want to make them available in other workbooks. You can copy the cell styles from that workbook to another workbook.

  1. Open the workbook that contains the cell styles that you want to copy.

  2. Open the workbook that you want to copy the styles into.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click the More button More button next to the cell styles box that contains previews of styles.

    Click More to see the styles box

    Note: If you are using Excel 2007, on the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Cell Styles.

  4. Click Merge Styles.

    Styles box expanded to show more styles

  5. In the Merge Styles dialog box, in the Merge styles from box, click the workbook that contains the styles that you want to copy, and then click OK.

    Select a workbook in the Merge Styles dialog box

  6. If both workbooks contain styles that have identical names, you must indicate whether you want to merge these styles by doing the following:

    • To replace the styles in the active workbook with the copied styles, click Yes.

    • To keep the styles in the active workbook as they are, click No.

      Note: Excel displays this message only once, regardless of the number of pairs of identical style names.

Tip: When you move or copy a worksheet from one workbook to another workbook, all the styles that are used on that worksheet are also copied to that workbook. For more information, see Move or copy a worksheet.

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