Formatting Fonts in Microsoft Excel



Change the Font and Font Size: When you work in an Excel worksheet, you can add visual appeal to a cell or range by changing the font and font size. In this section, the term font is synonymous with typeface, and both refer to the overall look of each character. By default, Excel offers nearly 200 different fonts in a wide variety of styles. Also, the font size is measured in points, where there are roughly 72 points in an inch. In some cases, formatting a range with a larger font size can make the range text easier to read. Apply Font Effects: You can improve the look and impact of text in an Excel worksheet by applying font effects to a range. Excel’s font effects include common formatting such as bold, italic, and underline, which are available on the Ribbon for easy application. Excel also offers a dialog box tab that includes many more font effects, including special effects such as strikethrough, superscripts, and subscripts. In most cases, you should not need to apply more than one or two font effects at a time. If you use too many effects, it can make the text difficult to read. Change the Font Color: When you build an Excel worksheet, you can add visual interest to the sheet text by changing the font color. By default, each Excel workbook comes with a theme applied, and you can change the font color by applying one of the colors from the workbook’s theme. You learn more about workbook themes in other chapter. You can also select a color from Excel’s palette of standard colors, or from a custom color that you create yourself.