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Chapter 6. Formatting Worksheets > Changing the Font, Point Size, and Font Styl...

Changing the Font, Point Size, and Font Styles

The default font in Excel—Arial, 10 points—is an effective generic font. It's available on virtually anyone's computer, and it's highly readable. Although you can format specific cells and cell ranges for visual impact, most users leave the majority of their cells, especially those containing numbers, in this default font. There's nothing wrong with that. But one of the simplest—and fastest—ways to dress up the worksheet and simultaneously draw attention to the more important text and numbers within the sheet is to make subtle changes to the font in certain areas of the worksheet. Fonts and font styles (bold, italic, and so on) can be applied with the Formatting toolbar or the Format Cells dialog box.

Author's Note

Avoid formatting entire columns or rows unless you plan to use all the cells. Excel must store the information for the thousands of cells involved in such formatting, which can enlarge the file size unnecessarily.



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