How To Format Pivot Tables in Google Sheets

Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

How To Format Pivot Tables in Google Sheets

In this tutorial, you will learn how to format pivot tables in Google Sheets.

How To Format Pivot Tables in Google Sheets

Pivot tables are one of the most powerful features available in Google Sheets. They allow you to quickly and easily summarize large data sets.

But what if you want to change the way your pivot table looks? You may need to format your pivot table for aesthetic purposes or to make your data easier to look at.

In this guide, we will show you how to format pivot tables in Google Sheets. We will cover how to change the style or theme of your pivot table and how to change the way your numbers are formatted.

How to Apply Formatting to Pivot Tables in Google Sheets

Here’s how to apply formatting to pivot tables in Google Sheets.

Step 1

Before we change the theme of the pivot table, make sure that the target pivot table is selected.

Step 2

Next, click on the Theme option found in the Format menu.

Step 3

The Themes panel on the right will show a list of pre-made themes to select from. Click on any of these themes to apply the styling to your pivot table.

Step 4

If you want more control over your pivot table’s formatting, you can click on the Customize button to make changes to the current theme.

Step 5

You should now find several options for you to further customize your pivot table’s style. For example, you can change the default font style, text color, and the accent colors to use.

The main advantage of using the Theme tool over making these formatting changes manually is that the style will be applied to other pivot tables and charts you’ll make in your current sheet.

Step 6

Next, we’ll try to change the number formatting for a particular field. Select a field in your pivot table by clicking on the column header of that field.

Step 7

For number formatting, Google Sheets provides several options such as converting numerical values to a currency, displaying decimals as percentage, and more.

In this example, we will use the ‘Decrease decimal places’ option to clean up values in this field with repeating decimals.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to format pivot tables in Google Sheets.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.