Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Making a Cell's Contents Italics within a Macro.

Making a Cell's Contents Italics within a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 8, 2014)

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 an italics typeface so that they stand out. You do this by setting the Italic property of the Font object for a selection.

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

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

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

Selection.Font.Italic = True

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

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2560) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Making a Cell's Contents Italics within a Macro.

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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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