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Chapter 7. Formatting Your Worksheet > Changing the Appearance of Entries

Changing the Appearance of Entries

Each data entry you type in a cell appears generic: Everything is displayed in Arial, 10-point type. Text entries are aligned on the left, and values are lined up on the right. If you want your worksheet to be merely functional, you can leave the entries as is. In many cases, however, you can make your worksheet more readable by making column and row labels larger, using a different typestyle, or applying text attributes, such as bold and italic. You might also want to change the way Excel aligns entries in cells or change a value’s number format. The following sections provide instructions on how to take full control over the appearance of data entries in your worksheet.

Changing Text Attributes with the Toolbar Buttons

The most convenient way to change the appearance of data entries in a worksheet is to use Excel’s Formatting toolbar, shown in Figure 7.3. This toolbar contains buttons that provide single-click access to the most common text attributes. With it, you can change fonts, increase or decrease the type size, align text in cells, change the text color, add borders, and more.


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