How to remove table formatting in Excel

Want to leverage awesome features of an Excel table but do not want any formatting in it? This tutorial will teach you how to quickly clear a table format in Excel.

By default, Excel tables are equipped with many great features including predefined styles. In some situations, however, you may want to remove formatting keeping all other functionality of a table. This tutorial will teach you how to quickly do that.

How to remove table formatting in Excel

To remove formatting but retain all other features of an Excel table, this is what you need to do:

  1. Select any cell in your table.
  2. On the Table Design tab, in the Table Styles group, pick the very first style in Light group, which is called None.
    Remove table formatting in Excel

    Or click the More button More button   in the Table Styles group, and then click Clear underneath the table styles.
    Clear table formatting in Excel

As the result, you will still have a fully functional Excel table but with no formatting:
Excel table with no formatting

Tips and notes:

  • Both these options remove only predefined formatting included with a table style, but not custom formatting that you've applied manually.
  • This method comes in handy when you want to get the functionality of a table but keep the existing cell formatting. Simply, convert your data to Excel table, and then perform the above steps to clear the table style formatting. All your original fonts, colors, filling, borders, etc. will be preserved.
  • To change a table style, just pick any style you want from the gallery.

How to clear all formatting in a table

If the above-mentioned approach has not removed all the formatting in your table, that means the remaining part is your custom format that was done manually.

To clear absolutely all formatting (both predefined and your own one), carry out these steps:

  1. Click any cell within a table, and then press Ctrl + A twice to select the whole table including the headers.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Clear > Clear Formats.
    Clear all formatting in a table.

As the result, all formatting in a table is removed:
All table formatting is cleared.

Note. Please keep in mind that this method clears all formatting entirely, including number formats, alignment, etc.

How to remove format as table in Excel (convert table to range)

In case you no longer need data formatted as a table, here's how you can remove a table format and turn it into a regular range of cells:

  1. Right-click any cell in your table.
  2. In the context menu, click Table > Convert to Range.
    Remove format as table in Excel

A prompt will show up asking if you really want to convert the table to a normal range, and you click Yes.

In the result, your data will still look very much like a table because the table style formatting is preserved. From the functional viewpoint, however, it is a usual range - all features of Excel table such as structured references, automatic expansion, inbuilt filters, etc. are gone.
The table is converted to a normal range keeping the table style formatting.

That's how to clear table formatting in Excel. Hopefully, you've found these small tips helpful. I thank you for reading and look forward to seeing you on our blog next week!

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