Learning to present the data in your spreadsheets clearly is extremely important. Unclear and poorly laid out spreadsheets are much more likely to contain errors.
Excel contains lots of data validation tools but it is better to get your calculations right first time than it is to rely on Excel catching an error. Obviously the larger your spreadsheet is the more important it is to format the spreadsheet clearly. We cover managing larger spreadsheets in our more advanced Excel courses.
To make data easier to view or to define it you may decide to add borders to your Excel spreadsheet. Here is an example of some of our data without any borders:
Firstly we want to add lines around every single cell so:
This will then look like this:
If you want to show up that the first row is headings, you may wish to put a thicker line around them. To do this
Your spreadsheet will then look like this:
This looks better but still not quite right. To finish it off it needs a thick border around the complete table.
This has now put a thicker border around the whole thing and just to finish it off I’ve made the heading text bold. This is how it will look when printed as well.
There are other ways of achieving the same outcome and there are many more things you can do with borders. Our Guildford and London based Excel beginners courses cover this in much more detail.
To learn more about formatting click here.
To learn more about renaming a worksheet click here.