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Is there a quick way (eg, built-in format, financial formatting) to format the Excel to make it look like a professional financial report ?
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

You can format tables in
Home / Styles / Format as Tables

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Rob Henson earned 500 total points
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As rgonzo says above, table formatting allows for easy reading with the alternate coloured rows. This is good for data tables rather than summary reports.

From a Finance perspective, I would say it more about layout rather than formatting.

Layout:

Numbers in columns with same degree of accuarcy / decimal points in each section / group
Separate columns / sections for current and prior periods
Header to show unit of measure and level of rounding eg "$'000" or "Whole Hours"
Bullet points with links to breakout data

Formatting
Underlining for totals
Professional standard font eg Arial or Times

There are plenty of publicly listed companies that show their latest financial reports on their websites so you can get an idea of standard layout. I believe there are Satutory (GAAP / IFRS) expectations / guidelines but ti depends whether you are looking at publication internally or to a wider audience.

Thanks
Rob H
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by:AXISHK
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Tks. Is there any Excel template or sample that I can get some idea... Tks
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by:Rob Henson
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Try the MS downloads pages for templates.
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Tks
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