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Learn step-by-step how to change the font, size, bold, italic and underline attributes of your Microsoft Office Excel worksheet cells.

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Font & Font Size
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Font & Font Size

The easiest way to change the font or font size for selected cells in Microsoft Office Excel, is to use the Font and Font Size tools on the Formatting toolbar.

Just select the cells, click the appropriate button's drop-down arrow, and select the font or size from the drop-down list.

Microsoft Office Excel: Font button Font button

Microsoft Office Excel: Font Size button Font Size button

You can also use the Format Cells dialog box to change the font, size, color and other attributes of a cell all in one step.

To use the Format Cells dialog box, follow these steps:

1. Select the cell or range of cells that you want to modify.
2. Choose Format ► Cells from the menu bar, OR press Ctrl+1.
3. Click the Font tab in the Format Cells dialog box.
  Microsoft Office Excel: Format Cells dialog box - Font tab
4. Choose the font and font size that you want.
5. Click OK.

Bold, Italic, Underline & Strikethrough

The easiest way to bold, italic or underline text is to select the cell or range and then click the appropriate tool on the Formatting toolbar. You can also use the shortcut key commands, as laid out in the table below.

Format Shortcut Key Toolbar Button
Bold CTRL + B Microsoft Office Excel: Bold button
Italic CTRL + I Microsoft Office Excel: Italic button
Underline CTRL + U Microsoft Office Excel: Underline button
Strikethrough CTRL + 5 -

These toolbar buttons and shortcut keys act as a toggle.

For example, you can turn bold on and off by repeatedly pressing Ctrl +B OR by clicking the Bold toolbar button.
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