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Chapter 2. Format Annoyances > WORKBOOK FORMATTING ANNOYANCES

WORKBOOK FORMATTING ANNOYANCES

CHANGE EXCEL'S DEFAULT FONT

The Annoyance:

Arial, the font Excel uses by default, is great for reading on my computer screen, but it doesn't look that good on paper when I print budget reports. How do I change the default font?

The Fix:

Microsoft apps generally default to Arial because the text is easy to read onscreen—there's lots of space in the font's characters and the lines are thin. To change Excel's default font, choose Tools → Options, click the General tab, and in the "Standard font" drop down pick a new font from the list (see Figure 2-12). If you're dreaming about characters that look good in print, try Times New Roman or Courier. Other fonts that look good on screen and on paper include Verdana and Tahoma. Unfortunately, there's no way to set one font as your on-screen default and another font as your printout default.


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