Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Formatting Cell Content
Formatting Cell Content
As you type along , adding content to cells,
Excel’s default settings take effect. Normally, this
is fine, left-aligning your text, right-aligning your
numeric content, applying the standard 11 point
Calibri font to the content, and formatting dates,
times, and other content automatically. When
your needs go beyond these defaults, or if you
want to tweak them a bit, it’s handy to know the
most effective ways to change the formatting of
one or more cells so that your content looks and
works the way you want it to—everything you
need is at your fingertips, literally.
Font. The default is Calibri, and if you
click the drop-down arrow, you can
choose from any of the fonts installed
on your computer, making your selection
from the graphic samples that appear in
the menu, as shown in Figure 5-18.
Size. This defaults to 11 points (based on
72 points per inch). Pick a larger or smaller
number to make your content larger or
Increase or Decrease Font Size. These
two A icons (the bigger one is the Increase
Font Size button, as you’d imagine) allow
you to make content bigger or smaller, in
two-point increments for each click of the
button. These are handy to use when you
don’t know, for example, that you need
24-point text, but will recognize the right
size when you see it applied.
Applying Fonts, Sizes,
Styles, and Text Color
Using the Home tab, shown in Figure 5-17, you
can change the appearance of any cell or range
of cells with just a few clicks. Beginning with the
Font group, after selecting the cells to which
the formatting should apply, you can apply the
following changes:
Bold, Italic, and Underline. These three
styles (represented by the B, I, and U
buttons) add emphasis.
Font Size
Font Size
Bold, Italic,
and Underline
Font Color
Figure 5-17
The Home tab offers everything you need to change
the appearance of your worksheet content.
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