Changing Font Size Using a Shortcut Key

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 13, 2013)

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One of the interesting shortcut keys in Excel is the one that allows you to change the point size of the selected cells. The shortcut key is Ctrl+Shift+P, but exactly how the shortcut functions depends on what you have displayed on the screen.

This may sound odd, but you can try it out. If you have the Formatting toolbar displayed (as most people do), then pressing Ctrl+Shift+P selects the Font Size control on the toolbar. You can then type the font size you want to use and press Enter. (Pretty handy if you don't want to take your hands off the keyboard.)

If you don't have the Formatting toolbar displayed for some reason, then it seems obvious that the Font Size control can't be selected—it isn't even visible. Instead, pressing Ctrl+Shift+P results in the Font tab of the Format Cells dialog box being displayed.

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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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2017-07-21 22:37:02

Daniel Jones

This might not be the case in MS Excel 2003 or earlier but, instead of Ctrl+Shift+P, I find Ctrl+1 accomplishes the same task with no contingencies and one fewer key stroke. I'm not very good with a mouse so I modify font size with Ctrl+1, Alt+S, arrow keys (MS Excel 2007).


2015-01-14 13:05:18

judith lilly

while typing text in both word and excel, when I type numbers they are very small. I tried going into fonts and nothing is checked in subscript or superscript. I must be looking in wrong place to change. Please help I am lost on this.

Thanks in advance for any help
Judith


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