How You Can Make Text Look Different

When you type text into a cell , Excel automatically formats it in the Arial font with a text size of 10 points. The 12-point font size is considered typical for business documents (the higher the point size, the bigger the text is; there are approximately 72 points in an inch). You can select from several fonts (such as Baskerville, Modern, or Rockwell) and change the size of any font characters in a cell. You can also apply special font attributes, such as bold, italic, and underline.


Font A font is a set of characters that have the same typeface, which means they are of a single design (such as Times New Roman).

Before you take a look at applying different font attributes to the cells in a worksheet, take a look at how you change the default font for all your Excel workbooks. This enables you to select a different font and font size for your worksheets.

To change the default font, follow these steps:

  1. Select Tools and then click Options to open the Options dialog box.

  2. Click the General tab (see Figure 9.2).

    Figure 9.2. You can set a new default font and font size for your Excel workbooks.


  3. In the Standard Font area, use the drop-down list to select a new font. Use the Size drop-down list to select a new default font size.

  4. When you click the OK button, Excel makes your preference the default font and size.

Microsoft Office 2003 All-in-One
Microsoft Office 2003 All-in-One
Year: 2002
Pages: 660
Authors: Joe Habraken

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