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The Font Button Group: A Closer Look
The Font Button Group: A Closer Look
So let’s turn more directly to the buttons in the Font Group in the Home tab. If you want to change
the operative font in a cell, a range of cells, or the entire worksheet for that matter, you need to carry
out what’s called the select-then-do routine, a technique that really applies to any formatting change
you wish to introduce anywhere. Very simply, select-then-do means you select those cells in which you
want to implement the change, and then make the chan ge.
Thus to change the font to, say, Chiller:
Se l e ct the ce l l s y ou wa n t to cha n g e .
If necessary, click on the Home tab, and then click on the down arrow alongside
the Font box in the Font group (Figure 4–3):
Figure 4–3. Your system’s fonts, listed and previewed
Click on the font you wish—in this case Chiller.
Note that the cells you’ve selected need not be cur r e n tl y popul ate d wi th data. T he y can be bl an k,
and so we see that formatting changes can be instituted prospectively or retroactively. You can format
first, and enter data later—or vice versa.
Note in addition that after you complete your change the cells you’ve selected remain selected—
be ca use Exce l wa n ts y ou to be a bl e to a scr i be additional changes to the cell if you wish. Thus if I want to
immediately follow the font change with a change in font size , I just click the down arrow alongside the
Font Box, and click a size selection (Figure 4–4):
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