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Futzing with the Fonts
Futzing with the Fonts
When you start a new worksheet, Excel 2013 assigns a uniform font and type
size to all the cell entries you make. The default font is Microsoft’s Calibri
font (the so-called Body Font) in 11-point size. Although this font may be fine
for normal entries, you may want to use something with a little more zing for
titles and headings in the worksheet.
If you don’t especially care for Calibri as the standard font, modify it from the
General tab of the Excel Options dialog box (choose File ➪ Options or press
Alt+FT). Look for the Use This as the Default Font drop-down list box (contain-
ing Body Font as the default choice) in the When Creating New Workbooks
section and then select the name of new font you want to make standard from
this drop-down list. If you want a different type size, choose the Font Size
drop-down list box and a new point size on its drop-down menu or enter the
new point size for the standard font directly into the Font Size text box.
Using the buttons in the Font group on the Home tab, you can make most
font changes (including selecting a new font style or new font size) without
having to resort to changing the settings on the Font tab in the Format Cells
dialog box (Ctrl+1):
✓ To select a new font for a cell selection, click the drop-down button next
to the Font combo box and then select the name of the font you want to
use from the list box. Excel displays the name of each font that appears
in this list box in the actual font named (so that the font name becomes
an example of what the font looks like — onscreen anyway).
✓ To change the font size, click the drop-down button next to the Font Size
combo box, select the new font size or click the Font Size text box, type
the new size, and then press Enter.
You can also add the attributes of bold , italic , underlining , or strikethrough
to the font you use. The Font group of the Home tab contains the Bold, Italic,
and Underline buttons, which not only add these attributes to a cell selection
but remove them as well. After you click any of these attribute tools, notice
that the tool becomes shaded whenever you position the cell cursor in the
cell or cells that contain that attribute. When you click a selected format
button to remove an attribute, Excel no longer shades the attribute button
when you select the cell.
Although you’ll probably make most font changes with the Home tab on the
Ribbon, on rare occasions you may find it more convenient to make these
changes from the Font tab in the Format Cells dialog box (Ctrl+1).