Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Keeping Up Appearances— Formatting the Worksheet
And as you proceed you’ll also need to remind yourself that formatting in Excel 2010 avails itself
of live previewing, meaning that when you rest your mouse over a formatting possibility—say, a
change in font—the cells you’ve selected for that change will immediately display the change in
preview form— before you actually click to implement the change. Decide against it? Just pull your
mouse back or click elsewhere.
Bear in mind as well as that the many of these formatting buttons perform commands that are also
stor e d i n a ki n d of catch- al l di al og box cal l e d Format Cells ; and if you think back to Chapter 1 and that
Dialog Launcher arrow (Figure 4–1):
Figure 4–1. The Dialog Box Launcher revisited
you’ll see that the Font, Alignment, and Number groups on the Home tab are all equipped with the
arrow. Click any one of these and it‘ll take you to Format Cells, each one emphasizing a different one
of its tabs, e g. (Figure 4–2):
Figure 4–2. Golden oldie: the Format Cells dialog box
But before we get to these buttons, we need to review what you’ll encounter before you make any
active formatting decisions.—namely, the worksheet defaults. Depending on your operating system,
you will see a different default font. Windows XP brings back Arial 10-point as the default font in Excel
2010, whereas Windows 7 and Vista users will see the same Calibri 11-point font that was introduced
in the 2007 version of Office. Points assay font heights , and so 72 points total an inch-high font.
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