STYLE function

Applies a style to the cell containing the formula. After a set amount of time, another style can be applied.

This function always returns the numeric value 0, which allows to use it by adding the STYLE function to other functions in the same cell without changing its value.


The STYLE function should not be used without compelling reason, its purpose is the use with asynchronous Add-In functions to visually notify about the availability of a result. In almost all other cases using conditional formatting instead is a better choice.


STYLE("Style" [; Time [; "Style2"]])

Style is the name of the cell style to be applied to the cell. Style names are not case-sensitive and must be entered in quotation marks.

Time is an optional time range in seconds. After this time is elapsed, the style defined in Style2 is applied. Leave this parameter blank if you do not want the style to be changed.

Style2 is the optional name of a cell style assigned to the cell after the time specified in the Time parameter has passed. If this parameter is missing the "Default" cell style is applied.


In the LibreOffice Calc functions, parameters marked as "optional" can be left out only when no parameter follows. For example, in a function with four parameters, where the last two parameters are marked as "optional", you can leave out parameter 4 or parameters 3 and 4, but you cannot leave out parameter 3 alone.

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Enters the value 10 into the cell and applies the style named "Good". After 60 seconds, the style "Neutral" is applied.


Enters the result of multiplying the values in cells A1 and A2 and applies the style "Bad" if the result is less than 100, otherwise the style "Good" is applied. Here the function CURRENT() is used to get the currently evaluated value of the function in the cell.


Enters the text "Total" into the cell and applies the style named "Result". Note that this example deals with textual values, hence the output of the STYLE function needs to be appended to the text using the & operator. The function T() is used to prevent the number "0" being appended to the resulting text.

Technical information

This function is not part of the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Version 1.3. Part 4: Recalculated Formula (OpenFormula) Format standard. The name space is


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