Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Basic Formatting
Basic Formatting
Most of Excel’s formatting options have been assigned to the Home where they’re
easily accessible. Start with the Font button group (shown in Figure 5–3), each of whose
buttons introduce a formatting change when clicked.
Figure 5–3. The Font button group
Many of the buttons here may look familiar to you if you’ve used Microsoft Word, and
they do similar, though not identical, things here. Note the default Calibri 11-point font,
the same one that starts you off in Word. Points are units of typographic measurement—
units of height, to be exact—of which there are 72 per inch. Thus, 12-point text is
onesixth of an inch in height, for example.
Changing the Font
The basic principle behind making formatting changes is known as select-then-do ; that
is, you select a cell or cells (or even some of the text in a cell if that’s what you want to
change), and then execute the change. Thus, to change the fonts in a range of cells
Just select the range.
Click the down arrow beside the font field (where it currently says
“Calibri” in Figure 5–3). This will present the Font drop-down menu, as
shown in Figure 5–4.
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