Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The Font Button Group: A Closer Look
Clicking the large A will then treat the 23 as the starting font size, and resize all the ce l l s a s pe r
whatever size you select for the 23. And, needless to say, clicking the smaller of the two A’s does all of
the above—in reverse, reducing font size with successive clicks. Thus the two A buttons really present
you with a slightly swifter way of doing what the Font Size box does.
You’ll also note the three formatting classics just beneath the font boxes—Bold, Italics, and
Underline—B, I, and U—all of which submit to the same select-then-do technique. They also boast
three classic keyboard equivalents—Ctrl-B, Ctrl-I, and Ctrl-U, respectively. Note in addition, however,
the drop-down arrow accompanying the Underline button. Click it and you’ll see this little drop-down
menu (Figure 4–8):
Figure 4–8. Two text underlining options
Click Underline and you’ll wind up merely selecting the same single-underline option that was
in force before y ou cl i cke d the dr op- down ar r ow. Se l e ct Doubl e Un de r l i n e, howe v e r , an d y ou’ l l
naturally inscribe a pair of lines beneath the characters in the cells you’ve selected (and not the entire
cell width; this is the case with any underline). But this simple sequence illustrates a larger point: if you
click Double Underline, you’ll see this change in the Underline button (Figure 4–9):
Figure 4–9. The Double Underline selection
That is, Excel remembers the last selection you made with that button—at least for the duration of
your session. Close Excel and the button reverts to its default appearance—in this case, the standard
single underline. This last-selection-remembered feature applies to many formatting buttons, as
you’ll see. Note that the B, I, and U commands are toggles—that is, they have an alternating, on-off
character. Click I, and your text is italicized. Click the I again, and the text is returned to its normal
angle. The same idea applies to alternating clicks of Ctrl-B, Ctrl-I, and Ctrl-U—they turn the
respective effects on and off.
And if you click the Dialog Box launcher in this group, you’ll wind up here (Figure 4–10):
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