Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Changing Font Sizes.

Changing Font Sizes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 10, 2013)

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Excel specifies the size of fonts in points, a unit of measurement typically used in typesetting. A point is equal to approximately 1/72 of an inch. To change the size of a font used in a selected cell or for information selected within a cell, you use the Home tab of the ribbon. In the Font group you'll notice the Font Size tool. If you click on the arrow to the right of this tool you are presented with a drop-down list of point sizes you can specify for the current font.

To pick a point size, simply scroll through the list and choose the one you want. Click your mouse on the point size, and your text is updated. You are not limited to choosing a point size from those in the list, however. Excel allows you to specify any font size between 1 and 409 points. (This depends, of course, on the capabilities of your printer.) You can use the keyboard to enter, in the Font Size tool, any point size (or fractional point size) desired.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8071) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Changing Font Sizes.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is four less than 9?

2013-08-15 08:28:12

Don

Bryan is correct that in 2010 the options are accessed from the File option, but what I see from that point is a little different than what he described.
-> File
-> Options w/ icon near bottom of left hand column
-> On the Options dialogue, with the General option selected, the Font size setting is in a section "When creating new workbooks"

So, in the usual shorthand:
File->Options->General->When creating new workbooks->Font Size


2013-08-12 09:09:58

Bryan

Changing the whole page is easy: just select the entire worksheet before you change the font. Click the triangle button in between Column A and Row 1 to select all the cells.

To change the default font, go to Office Button (or File menu in 2010) > Excel Options > Popular > Font Size.


2013-08-12 08:21:31

KP

Same question


2013-08-10 18:23:51

Michael Miklenda

Completely new to Excell ribbon. This tip is fine but it applies to one cell or line . How do you instruct Excell to format all of the page now and future ones. Michael


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