Simplifying the Font List

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 16, 2012)

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When you click the Font drop-down list on the Formatting toolbar, Excel shows you the names of all the fonts you can use to format whatever you have selected on the screen. Normally, Excel shows the font names using the actual font. You may find the differing font faces to be distracting, or your slower computer may be really slow when listing all the fonts.

Here's how you turn this capability on and off in Excel 2000, Excel 2002, and Excel 2003:

  1. Select Customize from the Tools menu. Excel displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Options tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Options tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. Clear the List Font Names In Their Font check box.
  5. Click Close.

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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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2017-01-25 12:18:58

John deChadenedes

Is there a way to limit the font list in Excel to just the few I actually use? It's annoying and a waste of time to scroll through a list of 220+ fonts, a little like keeping the two kitchen knives you actually use for cooking in a big drawer with several hundred other implements you never use.


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