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Styles in Excel

VBA examples and tools

The little VBA routines shown below will greatly easy your work with styles. As an important side effect, these also show you how the style object works in VBA.

Find cells with a certain style

This routine find cells with a style containing "demo" in its name:

Sub FindaStyle()
    Dim oSh As Worksheet
    Dim oCell As Range
    For Each oSh In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
        For Each oCell In oSh.UsedRange.Cells
            If oCell.Style Like "*demo*" Then
                Application.GoTo oCell
            End If
End Sub

As soon as a cell is encountered with a style that matches that name filter, the code stops (Stop) and you can check out the cell in detail.

Creating a list of styles

This sub adds a table of your styles on a worksheet named "Config - Styles":

Sub ListStyles()
    Dim oSt As Style
    Dim oCell As Range
    Dim lCount As Long
    Dim oStylesh As Worksheet
    Set oStylesh = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("Config - Styles")
    With oStylesh
        lCount = oStylesh.UsedRange.Rows.Count + 1
        For Each oSt In ThisWorkbook.Styles
            On Error Resume Next
            Set oCell = Nothing
            Set oCell = Intersect(oStylesh.UsedRange, oStylesh.Range("A:A")).Find(oSt.Name, _
                oStylesh.Range("A1"), xlValues, xlWhole, , , False)
            If oCell Is Nothing Then
            lCount = lCount + 1
            .Cells(lCount, 1).Style = oSt.Name
            .Cells(lCount, 1).Value = oSt.NameLocal
            .Cells(lCount, 2).Style = oSt.Name
            End If
    End With
End Sub

Clear all formatting of cells and re-apply their styles

The code below removes all formatting of all cells and subsequently re-applies their style to them.

Watch out: if you have not adhered to using styles strictly, you will lose all formatting in your file!!!

Sub ReApplyStyles()
'Resets styles of cells to their original style (resets all formatting done on top of ANY style)
    Dim oCell As Range
    Dim oSh As Worksheet
    If MsgBox("Proceed with care:" & vbNewLine & vbNewLine & _
              "This routine will erase all formatting done on top of the existing cell styles." & vbNewLine & _
              "Continue?", vbCritical + vbOKCancel + vbDefaultButton2, GSAPPNAME) = vbOK Then
        For Each oSh In ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets
            For Each oCell In oSh.UsedRange.Cells
                If oCell.MergeArea.Cells.Count = 1 Then
                    oCell.Style = CStr(oCell.Style)
                End If
    End If
End Sub

Replace one style with another

The code below uses a list with two columns. The column on the left contains the names of existing styles. The column to its immediate right contains the names of the style you want to replace them with.

The code will run through the selected cells in the left column and check if the style name in the column to its right differs. If so, it will prompt you with the alternative name. Clicking OK will cause the code to update ALL cells to which the old style was applied to the new style. Before running this sub you need to select the cells in the left hand column.

Sub FixStyles()
' Procedure : FixStyles
' Company   : JKP Application Development Services (c)
' Author    : Jan Karel Pieterse
' Created   : 4-10-2007
' Purpose   : Replaces styles with the replacement style as defined by a two column list.
'             column 1 should contain the existing style, col 2 the replacing style
    Dim sOldSt As String
    Dim sNewSt As String
    Dim oSh As Worksheet
    Dim oCell As Range
    Dim oSourceCell As Range
    Set oSourceCell = ActiveCell
    While oSourceCell.Value <> ""
        sOldSt = oSourceCell.Value
        sNewSt = InputBox("Please enter replacement style for:" & sOldSt, "Style changer", oSourceCell.Offset(, 1).Value)
        If sNewSt = "" Then Exit Sub
        If sNewSt <> "" And sNewSt <> sOldSt Then
            For Each oSh In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
                For Each oCell In oSh.UsedRange
                    If oCell.Style = sOldSt Then
                        Application.GoTo oCell
                        On Error Resume Next
                        oCell.Style = sNewSt
                    End If
        End If
        Set oSourceCell = oSourceCell.Offset(1)
End Sub

Removing formating from an Excel Table

Suppose you have just converted a range to a table (see this article), but the range had some formatting set up such as background fills and borders. Tables allow you to format things like that automatically, but now your preexisting formatting messes up the table formatting. One way to overcome this is by changing the style of the cells in the table back to the Normal style. This however removes your number formats too. The little macro below fixes that by first making a copy of the normal style, setting its Number checkbox to false and then applying the new style without number format to the table. Finally it applies the tablestyle and deletes the temporary style:

Sub RemoveFormattingOfTable()
    Dim oStNormalNoNum As Style
    On Error Resume Next
    Set oStNormalNoNum = ActiveWorkbook.Styles("NormalNoNum")
    On Error GoTo 0
    If oStNormalNoNum Is Nothing Then
        ActiveWorkbook.Styles.Add "NormalNoNum"
        Set oStNormalNoNum = ActiveWorkbook.Styles("NormalNoNum")
        oStNormalNoNum.IncludeNumber = False
    End If
    With ActiveSheet.ListObjects(1)
        .Range.Style = "NormalNoNum"
        'Now apply tablestyle:
        .TableStyle = "TableStyleLight1"
    End With
End Sub




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Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (4/28/2014 10:14:31 AM)

Hi Andy,

I don't really know. I would probably write some code that does a copy, paste special Values (or formulas, whichever is needed) and then loop through the cells to set their style names to match the source cells style names.


Comment by: Keith Howard (11/19/2014 9:49:19 PM)

In my spreadsheet standards, I apply a style (i.e., not the Normal style) to every cell in the UsedRange. However, when I refer to the .Style property of a single cell range, if the range is empty, the code crashes, indicating that that value of .Style for that range is Nothing. That is strange, because when you look at such cell in Excel, at has a style attached to it.
Any ideas?
Many thanks.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/20/2014 10:32:54 AM)

Hi Keith,

Can you share a bit of the code please?


Comment by: Keith Howard (11/22/2014 3:43:31 PM)

Hello, Thanks for your response. I seem to have fixed the problem, although I am not really sure how. I think that the problem related to an error in how I was using offsets. Basically, I was not referencing the cell that I thought I was referencing.
Thanks and regards,


Comment by: Gunita (3/14/2017 4:05:04 PM)

I would be great full if I could have some help on the code below.
When I select an item from the drop down list my code goes to palette sheet (Contains of 100 Product names. Cell “B5” has match formula and named as “Ref_rowOffset”. Next to Products, I have 4 colours for (Header, Row, Fill, Total) VBA code find’s selected drop down product in palette sheet and picks the colours and colours the table. Table has been referenced as (Header, Row, Fill, Total). But as I have some sheets that contains a pivot tables and slicers so the code won’t work for them. The idea is to name Styles box as let’s say as (Header, Row, Fill, Total) and use them.

Public Function get_color(str_type As String) As String
Dim iColOffset As Integer '
Dim strRange As Range 'Palette colour
Select Case str_type 'Client_Name
    Case Is = "Row"
        iColOffset = 1
    Case Is = "Header"
        iColOffset = 2
    Case Is = "Fill"
        iColOffset = 3
        Case Is = "Total"
        iColOffset = 4
    Case Else
End Select
iRowOffset = Sheets("Palette").Range("Ref_rowOffset").Value
Set strRange = Sheets("Palette").Range("B5")
get_color = strRange.Offset(iRowOffset, iColOffset).Interior.Color
'get_color = strRange.Interior.Color
End Function

Sub style()

    With ActiveWorkbook.Styles("HEADER")
        .IncludeNumber = True
        .IncludeFont = True
        .IncludeAlignment = True
        .IncludeBorder = True
        .IncludePatterns = True
        .IncludeProtection = True
    End With
    With ActiveWorkbook.Styles("HEADER").Interior
        .Pattern = xlSolid
        .PatternColorIndex = 0
        .ThemeColor = xlThemeColorAccent2
        .TintAndShade = -0.249946592608417
        .PatternTintAndShade = 0
    End With
End Sub

Thank you for your help!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (3/14/2017 4:24:50 PM)

Hi Gunita,

Not sure I follow all of it, but couldn't you use conditional formatting to do this perhaps?


Comment by: Kevin W. (7/13/2017 5:02:51 AM)

In Rudra's comment above


How should that output differ from the code in your example "Creating a list of styles"?

I was hoping that code was in response to Doug's question: Is it possible to modify the script so that it only lists styles that have been used (applied) and not all styles in the workbook? But I get basically the same output from both.

You posted an answer to Doug, but just saying that it would be slow. Is there a way to do it with VBA, even if it takes a while to run, or did you just mean that it would have to be done manually, and therefore it would be slow?

Thanks for the code!


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (7/13/2017 11:32:25 AM)

Hi Kevin,

The reason I stated it would be slow is that you would have to use a modified version of the FindAStyle routine (turn it into a function for instance) which is shown at the top of this page:

Function IsStyleInUse(sStyleName As String) As Boolean
     Dim oSh As Worksheet
     Dim oCell As Range
     For Each oSh In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
         For Each oCell In oSh.UsedRange.Cells
             If oCell.Style =sStyleName Then
                 IsStyleInUse = True
                 Exit Function
             End If
End Sub

So for each style you have, you would have the function run through all the used cells in all the worksheets in the workbook, making this relatively slow.


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