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Making a Cell's Contents Bold within a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 16, 2016)

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If you are writing macros using VBA, it is not uncommon to process data and place the results of your processing into cells in a worksheet. If desired, you can also make the results in a bold typeface so that they stand out. You do this by setting the Bold property of the Font object for a selection.

For instance, if you wanted to make the contents of cell A1 bold, you could use the following in your macro:

Cells(1, 1).Font.Bold = True

Likewise, if you wanted to make the currently selected cell bold, you could use the following code:

Selection.Font.Bold = True

If you wanted to explicitly turn off the bold attribute of a particular cell, all you need to do is change True to False in the foregoing examples.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8775) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Making a Cell's Contents Bold within a Macro.

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What is two more than 9?

2016-08-18 02:38:08

Raf

Hey Stu,

It worked very well - thank you.

Kind regards,

Raf,


2016-08-16 09:03:51

Stu Cram

Hi Raf

Here is a way to make part of the active cell's text bold.

- Use style names such as "Regular", "Bold", "Italic", "Underline", "Bold Italic", etc.
- You can also adjust the font size and font for the particular characters too.

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
With ActiveCell.Characters(Start:=1, Length:=4).Font
.Name = "Arial"
.FontStyle = "Bold"
.Size = 18
.Color = RGB(0, 0, 255) ' blue
End With
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


- Adjust the values of parameters START and LENGTH as needed.

- Use Selection in place of ActiveCell is needed.

- Record a macro while making the changes manually so you can examine the macro to see other options.

Hope this helps.


2016-08-16 07:29:21

Raf

Hello,

is it possible to only make a part of a cell bold with a macro.

F.E.
A1 = this is an example
and i would like to turn the words "this" and "example" in bold.

So it would be :
(b)This(/b) is an (b)example (/b) (brackets mean bold on or off).

Thank you


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