Changing Font Color

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 27, 2013)

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Normally, Excel displays information using black type. This is acceptable if you are printing to a regular printer, but many people these days have color printers. Additionally, you may want to simply use different colors for displaying information on the screen. You can change the font color used by Excel in the following manner:

  1. Choose the cells whose font color you wish to change.
  2. Choose Cells from the Format menu. Excel displays the Format Cells dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Font tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Font tab of the Format Cells dialog box.

  5. Using the Color drop-down list, select the color you want used for the information in the cells you selected in step 1.
  6. Click on OK.

There is another way to change font color, and you might find it a bit faster. You can change font color using the toolbars in this manner.

  1. Choose the cells whose font color you wish to change.
  2. Click on the down-arrow at the right side of the Font Color tool on the toolbar. This displays a color palette.
  3. Click on the color you wish to use.

At this point the color of the information in the selected cell is changed. You may also have noticed that the color bar at the bottom of the Font Color tool changed, as well. This means that in the future, all you need to do is select cells and click on the tool to change their font to the same color.

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Author Bio

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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What is seven less than 7?

2015-02-24 07:35:41

Eva

Yes, it is. In the edit mode you choose the text portion to colour and use the right-click to access the colouring options (one of several ways). It seems though that there is a kind of cell formatting that prevents this colouring - or any other format, for that matter - to be shown once you leave the cell.
I had to copy formatting from a cell which showed my chosen colours and apply it to the rest and all started working.


2015-01-13 13:10:24

amanda

is it possible to change only SOME of the copy in a cell? I want to have 2 different colors within the same cell. It seems that even if i select the copy i want to change, the change affects the whole cell.


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