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4 Changing Workbook
Appearance
In this chapter, you will learn how to
Format cells.
Define styles.
Apply workbook themes and Excel table styles.
Make numbers easier to read.
Change the appearance of data based on its value.
Add images to worksheets.
Entering data into a workbook efficiently saves you time, but you must also ensure
that your data is easy to read. Microsoft Excel 2010 gives you a wide variety of ways
to make your data easier to understand; for example, you can change the font, character
size, or color used to present a cell’s contents. Changing how data appears on a
worksheet helps set the contents of a cell apart from the contents of surrounding cells. The
simplest example of that concept is a data label. If a column on your worksheet contains
a list of days, you can easily set apart a label (for example, Day ) by presenting it in bold
type that’s noticeably larger than the type used to present the data to which it refers. To
save time, you can define a number of custom formats and then apply them quickly
to the desired cells.
You might also want to specially format a cell’s contents to reflect the value in that cell.
For example, Lori Penor, the chief operating officer of Consolidated Messenger, might
want to create a worksheet that displays the percentage of improperly delivered packages
from each regional distribution center. If that percentage exceeds a threshold, she could
have Excel display a red traffic light icon, indicating that the center’s performance is out
of tolerance and requires attention.
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