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How to Programmatically Reset a Workbook to Default Styles

Article ID: 247982

Article Last Modified on 10/10/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q247982

For a Microsoft Excel 2002 version of this article, see 291321.
For a Microsoft Excel 2000 version of this article, see 247933.
For a Microsoft Excel 98 version of this article, see 247981.
For a Microsoft Excel 97 version of this article, see 247980.


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Sub procedure removes all styles in a Microsoft Excel workbook and then adds back the default styles you see in a new workbook. This macro may be helpful for removing extra styles added to a workbook infected by a macro virus.

This macro uses the Workbooks.Add method, which bypasses templates in the startup directories. Because of this, it works correctly even if templates in the startup directories have had extra styles added to them.


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Sub RebuildDefaultStyles()

'The purpose of this macro is to remove all styles in the active
'workbook and rebuild the default styles. "Normal" cannot be
'deleted. Therefore the macro does not attempt to delete it.
'It rebuilds the default styles by merging them from a new workbook.

    'Dimension variables.
    Dim MyBook As Workbook
    Dim tempBook As Workbook
    Dim CurStyle As Style
    'Set MyBook to the active workbook.
    Set MyBook = ActiveWorkbook
    'Delete all the styles in the workbook.
    For Each CurStyle In ActiveWorkbook.Styles
        If CurStyle.Name <> "Normal" Then CurStyle.Delete
    Next CurStyle

    'Open a new workbook.
    Set tempBook = Workbooks.Add
    'Disable alerts so you may merge changes to the Normal style
    'from the new workbook.
    Application.DisplayAlerts = False
    'Merge styles from the new workbook into the existing workbook.
    MyBook.Styles.Merge Workbook:=tempBook
    'Enable alerts.
    Application.DisplayAlerts = True
    'Close the new workbook.

End Sub

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