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When you insert a new row in a current spreadsheet, it automatically formats that row with the formatting from the line above. Is there a way of changing this so that it enters the formatting from the row below instead?

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The Insert Options button - which is displayed when you insert a row and the adjacent cells have different formatting - is the only mechanism that Excel provides for controlling how inserted rows are formatted.

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If the button is not being displayed, activate it by clicking the File tab on the ribbon and then clicking Excel Options. Click the Advanced tab, then check-mark the Show Insert Options buttons in the Cut, copy, and paste section and click OK.

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  • Despite the KB article states that this applies to Office 2013 too, I highly doubt that. My insert button looks like this.. Any ideas what might be wrong? (sry for the non-english screenshot, but there is no option like Format Same as Below, only Clear formatting) – nixda Aug 17 '13 at 8:21
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    Not sure, @nixda. I have 2010, and the Insert Options button shows up right after I've done the insertion. – chuff Aug 17 '13 at 16:13
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Unless you want to venture into VBA programming, it's not possible to change the default.

FYI: in VBA you can use code like:

Rows("2:2").Insert Shift:=xlDown, CopyOrigin:=xlFormatFromRightOrBelow 
' default is xlFormatFromLeftOrAbove

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