Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Determining Font Formatting.

Determining Font Formatting

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 8, 2018)

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Oscar has a need to determine the font and font size applied to text in a cell. For instance, if the text in cell A1 is in 12-pt Arial, he would like a function that can be used to return "Arial" in cell B1 and 12 in cell C1.

There is nothing built-in to Excel that will allow this formatting information to be grabbed. You can, however, create a very simple macro that will do the trick. The following macro takes, as arguments, a cell reference and optionally an indicator of what data you want returned.

Function FontInfo1(Rn As Range, Optional iType As Integer)
    If iType = 2 Then
        FontInfo1 = Rn.Font.Size
    Else
        FontInfo1 = Rn.Font.Name
    Endif
End Function

You use the function by using a formula such as this in a cell:

=FontInfo1(A1,1)

The second parameter (in this case 1) means that you want the font name. If you change the second parameter to 2 then the font size is returned. (Actually you could have the second parameter be anything other than 2—or leave it off entirely—and it returns the font name.)

If you want to return both values at once, you can apply a lesser-known way of returning arrays of information from a user-defined function. Try the following:

Function FontInfo2(c As Range) As Variant
    FontInfo2 = Array(c.Font.Name, c.Font.Size)
End Function

Select two horizontally adjacent cells (such as C7:D7) and type the following formula:

=FontInfo(A1)

Because the function returns an array, you need to terminate the formula entry by pressing Shift+Ctrl+Enter. The font name appears in the first cell (C7) and the font size appears in the second cell (D7).

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11358) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Determining Font Formatting.

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What is 1 + 9?

2021-07-24 18:30:14

Roy

The old Excel 4 macro commands allow a sheet formula that does not use a VBA macro.

Create a Named Range, perhaps called "Font" and give it a formula like:

=GET.CELL("18",Sheet1!A1)

Create the formula as needed, relative vs. a mix of absolute addressing, to suit your need. For instance, select cell B1 for finding fonts in the A column and enter "=GET.CELL("18",Sheet1!$A1)" and you can enter "=Font" in B1, then copy and paste down the column. (With that $ it could be entered in other columns as well, but if entering it in the column of the cell you selected when you created the Named Range you wouldn't actually need the $.)

So, formula in the Name Range, type "=Font" in the cell you want the output in.

Excel WILL tell you that you have to save it as a macro-enabled file when you go to save it. THIS IS NOT TRUE.

Save it as a regular .xls file anyway and not only will it work fine when you re-open it, but it will NOT ask again. So users will not have that worrisome choice facing them.


2020-02-12 14:45:20

Bob Williams

Typo (?) in the calling of the array function. Should it not say "=FontInfo2(A1)"? Or have I missed something?
Bob Williams


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