Applying Font, Color, and Borders to Cells

Basic formatting in Excel can customize the look and feel of your Excel spreadsheet. Learn about formatting cells in Excel here.

Changing font type, size, and color

In Excel 2003, a font consists of three elements: typeface, or the style of the letter; size of the letter; and color of the letter. The default font in a spreadsheet is Arial 10 point, but the typeface and size can be changed easily.

Selecting a font typeface:

The amount of typefaces available for use varies depending on the software installed on your computer.

Typeface Examples

To apply a typeface to information in a cell:

  • Select a cell or range of cells.
  • Click the down arrow to the right of the font name list box on the Formatting toolbar.

    Font List Box
  • A drop-down list of available fonts appears.

    Arial Typeface Selection in Font List Box
  • Click on the typeface of your choice.
  • The selection list closes, and the new font is applied to the selected cells.