Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The Font Button Group: A Closer Look
I can immediately learn that the cell is set in a 26-point Showcard Gothic font, and is boldfaced
and italicized besides (note the highlighted B and U). If I select a range of cells, it’s the one in white—
that is, the current cell—whose formatting info will appear on the ribbon.
If you’re a Word user, these commands should be familiar to you—although in that application one
changes fonts and font sizes of words and characters. Here the basic unit of currency is characters in
cells .
Now note that the size intervals enumerated in the above menu leave gaps—there’s no 17-point
option there, for example. And so if you do need 17, 23, or 29-point characters, click in the Font Size box
itself (Figure 4–6):
Figure 4–6. Click here in order to enter an unlisted font size
Type the desired size, and press Enter. Your font size is thereby changed. You can even shave your
sizes in half-point increments, by typing 17.5, for instance.
To the immediate right of these boxes you’ll see two disparately-sized A’s. Click the larger of the
two and your font enlarges by the next available interval in the Font Size drop-down menu— for the
cell(s) you’ve selected . That means, for example, that if my selected cell has data in it set at 14 points,
clicking the large A lifts its character size to 16—the next size interval you’ll find in the Font Size
dropdown menu. And if you’ve selected a range of cells with different current sizes—say some cells exhibit
12 points, and others 14—then all the font-changing methods work with the cell you’ve actively
selected—that is, the cell in white and will modulate the size of all the other cells to exactly match the
font size of just the selected cell. For example, if I’ve selected this range (Figure 4–7):
Figure 4–7. All these cells will match the font size of the white cell when they’re changed collectively.
 
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