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.

Underline, italics, and bold

In addition to the typeface, size, and color, you can also apply bold, italics, and/or underline font style attributes to any text or numbers in cells.

To select a font style:

  • Select a cell or range of cells.
  • Click any of the following options on the Formatting toolbar.

    Bold, Italics, Underline Buttons
  • Bold button: (Ctrl + B).
  • Italics button: (Ctrl + I).
  • Underline button: (Ctrl + U).
  • The attribute(s) selected (bold, italics, or underline) are applied to the font.

The bold, italics, and underline buttons on the Formatting toolbar are like toggle switches. Click once to turn it on, and click again to turn it off.