PROBLEM: when I use “Format as Table” to format a range the “Merge and Center” button becomes inactive and I can no longer merge cells. Why?
SOLUTION: the Table format will stop the merging of cells. However there is a work-around.
The Format as Table command can be used to quickly apply a professional format to a selected range. However, in applying the format you are also applying the functionality that Tables offer. As a result you will no longer be able to merge cells.
To remove the Table functionality and keep the formatting:
- Apply the Table format.
- Select any cell within the formatted range and then click the Table Tools, Design tab up on the Ribbon.
- On here you will find a button called Convert to Range. Click this and then click Yes.
- Your range will now be converted back to a normal range and you will now be able to merge the cells. . The formatting will remain. However all of the functionality that goes with using Tables will no longer be available.
Inserting Tables is covered in my Excel Stage 3 course – Data cleaning and Reporting, along with utilising Tables for dynamic data ranges in Pivot Tables.