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Add Formatting to Column Headers



  • David Ruff
    David Ruff ✭✭✭

    I'm sure Smartsheet already has a list of column header upgrades, but here's my opinion on a "minimum viable product" when/if released:

    • alignment (center, left, right, justified)
    • rotation (0,30,60,90)
    • font size
    • font style (bold, italic, both)
    • font color (easiest palette to implement)
    • header fill color (multiple and single header - don't want to change every column one by one)

    Would be nice to have:

    • font effects (underline, strikethrough, superscript, subscript)
    • wrap/unwrap text in column header
    • ability to format column headers in reports (if report only pulls from one sheet, ability to retain sheet column header formatting)
    • published sheets: turn on/off column header formatting (on by default)
    • dashboards: turn on/off column header formatting (on by default)
  • A.J.
    A.J. ✭✭✭✭✭

    Any news/updates on this since July?

  • Also interested in seeing column header formatting become a reality.

  • Adding the ability to fill in background color specifically for column headers. Often I find myself wanting to color code columns without actually making the whole column a certain color.

  • To start, I'd be happy just being able to center-align the column headers. Ridiculous that it's not yet available.

  • glorbsheet
    glorbsheet ✭✭
    edited 02/15/24

    Being able to customize column header labels would be advantageous for a multitude of reasons. Yes we can color code entire column, but if we could color code the headers and even add sublabels, I think that would be more beneficial.

    For example, we have a system of tracking projects across multiple teams that aggregates into reports for finance/billing, so we want to keep the column headers consistent so that the data aggregates into only one column, but a studio might want to write in a rule or note about a column (Job # - ONLY RECORD ONE JOB HERE). It makes the column header long and messy and stops being consistent to all the other sheets when this happens. So maybe instead have a way to sublabel and color code or format column headers?


  • It would be really beneficial if we were able to modify the column header text in Sheets. Currently, column header font appears to be bolded, but the font size is the same as the rest of the sheet. Also, when you pull a report into a dashboard the column headers don't retain their bold font like they appear when looking at the report file by itself.

    It would also be helpful if you could different color background in the column header.

    Sam Minardi

  • This would really help eliminate the need to have the entire row highlight to showcase specific columns to certain departments other than adding their dpt name in the title.

  • Please add the ability to format column header color

  • Ray Lindstrom
    Ray Lindstrom ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Just a reminder for everybody to go to the original post in this thread to up-vote the idea, so it get get the traction and attention it deserves.