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 Fonts in Data Validation Drop-Down Lists.

Changing Fonts in Data Validation Drop-Down Lists

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 30, 2015)

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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, and 2013. 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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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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2015-06-01 09:28:54

Glenn Case

George:

There is a Search field at the top of each tip. Try that. Entering "Flashing" into that produced the following:

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Hope that helps.


2015-05-30 20:13:05

George Gray

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