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Styling in the cross table

You can change the appearance of the cross table in many different ways.

For example, you can choose to display headers either horizontally or vertically. By using vertical headers for narrow columns, the screen estate can be used more efficiently. You can use text color and background color to highlight specific rows or columns. You can also specify text alignment, as well as bold and italic font style. You can style all the headers on the same hierarchical level, or an individual header. You can style an entire column or row, as well as all the cell values in the cross table.

Note: The text and background coloring that is specified in the styling popover is different from the value-based coloring. Any value-based coloring that is configured in the cross table will override the styling colors. See Working with colors to learn more about value-based coloring.


  1. Click a header in the cross table.
    A popover is opened. It contains styling settings categorized in different sections for Header and Values.
  2. Hover the mouse pointer over the Header and Values sections. The parts of the cross table that will be affected by the selections you make, will be highlighted.
    Tip: You can move the popover out of the way if it hides the parts of the cross table that you need to see when you are styling it. Just point the mouse cursor at the top of the popover, then click and drag it to another position.
  3. Make the styling selections of your choice, then close the popover by clicking outside the popover.
    Tip: Which styling settings are available in the popover depends on which header you click. To reach styling settings for the values, open the popover from one of the headers closest to the values. For example Lyon, Hamburg, or March in the example. Alignment settings for the values are available from the headers on the horizontal axis.
  4. Read the help topics with detailed instructions to learn more about specific ways to style the cross table.

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