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Chapter 5. Formatting and Printing > Changing the Font, Point Size, and Font St...

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.

Changing the Font

The fastest way to change the font for a particular cell or range—including noncontiguous ranges—is to select the cell(s), click open the Font box on the Formatting toolbar, and click the font you want. Office 2003 shows each font’s appearance (not just the name) in the drop-down list, as shown in Figure 5.5. TrueType fonts are indicated with a double T icon; printer fonts have a printer icon. (For more details on using fonts and printing with Windows, consult your Windows documentation.)


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