Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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 Fonts in Data Validation Drop-Down Lists.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 23, 2020)
Frederick has created some simple drop-down lists for some cells using data validation. He wants to know if there is a way to change the font used to display the entries in the drop-down lists.
The short answer is no, there is not. You can adjust the apparent size of the font by adjusting the zoom value for a worksheet, but that is about it. If you want more control over the font, then you will need to use a different approach to drop-down lists, such as using a combo box from the Control toolbox.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9580) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Changing Fonts in Data Validation Drop-Down Lists.
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