Remember and Apply Chart Formats

A real time saver for those who want to customize chart formats in Excel.

QI Macros add-in for Excel makes it easy to remember and apply your chart customizations.

First, "Remember Chart Format"

  1. After creating a chart, customize the fonts, colors and styles, etc., select your chart, click on the QI Macros chart menu, and select, "Remember Format."

    remember format
  2. QI Macros will use Excel's custom chart template feature to "remember" the format.

Apply Custom Chart Format

  1. After creating a new chart, select your chart, click on the QIMacros Chart menu, and select Apply Format:

    apply saved format to chart
  2. QI Macros will find the appropriate chart template and apply it to your chart! If a custom format does not exist, QI Macros will prompt you to create one.
  3. If there is more than one chart on a worksheet, you can select, "Apply to All Charts" which will apply formats to every chart on the worksheet (but not every chart on every sheet in a workbook).

Restore to Default Formats

If you don't like the format you applied to a chart, click on "Remember Format" and then "Restore Default Format":

restore chart format to the defaults


  • Control Charts will all be formatted in the same way. You cannot have custom formats for different types of control charts (e.g., c, np, p, u, XmR).
  • Charts embedded on a worksheet (e.g., control chart templates) have to be remembered differently from charts on chart sheet. If you remember a chart on a "chart sheet" (e.g., p chart created with a macro), it cannot be applied to an embedded chart (e.g., p chart template).
  • Skyline control chart formats in Excel 2013-2021 and Office 365 will be remembered in "wave" format, applied and converted back to Skyline style.
    This applies to p, u, XbarR, and XbarS charts.
  • The color of the Control Limits lines (e.g. UCL, LCL, CL) cannot be customized in macro-created skyline charts (e.g., p, u, XbarR, or XbarS charts) - only in Control Chart Templates.

    Caveat: Excel 2013-2021 and Office 365 have "memory" problems. They don't remember the chart format correctly. QI Macros contains workarounds to solve these problems in Excel, but there may be more. If you find one, send us the file and we'll try to figure out what is going on.
  • Because of problems with Excel 2013-2021 and Office 365 "memory", it is not possible to remember custom formats for ANOM and Box & Whisker charts.
  • Custom chart formats will not be applied automatically when created.

QI Macros Custom Chart Formats

You can review your saved chart formats by selecting Chart Design > Change Chart Types:

change chart type in excel

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