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I have a main spreadsheet in Excel 2010 that holds all of my organizations information. I have 6 additional tabs (for co-workers) that are set up to pick up specific information needed from the main spreadsheet for individual co-workers to view. I used the = to do this.

Sheet 2 A1=A1 on main spreadsheet.

My problem is that the formats on the main sheet don't transfer over to the other sheets, so items that are in bold or if the cell is highlighted it doesn't show up. Is there way to do this?

Hi Anthony,

There is no way to link formats through formulae
You have two methods to handle this-
1. Use the format painter, select the source formatting in sheet one and apply it to destination sheet.
2. Copy the source cells and use paste special to paste formatting only.

If you still want it to be more automated and hi-tech, you could explore using conditional formatting.

Hope this helps,
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