Stop Auto Formatting

edited 12/09/19 in Smartsheet Basics

I have a sheet with manually entered rows that are formatted gray to signify a day and if it's AM or PM. Users can then start filling in items below that row. When they enter their data, the sheet is using the auto-format function and also formatting it gray which is causing confusion. 

How do I stop smartsheet from applying auto-formatting at all? Using the Clear Formats button is a workaround that I don't want my users to have to mess with.