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Playing with fonts

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Only I like to add interest to my Excel spreadsheets is through the use of changing up the fonts that I use. Be them the styles, bolding them, underlining them, changing colors. And we're going to look at the EatCake Sales Forecast table to describe this. And I'm going to concentrate on the top of the table. The first two rows that identify my titles. The first thing I want to do is I want to take a look at my EatCake Sales Forecast title itself. So I'm going to select that particular grouping of cells. And I want to change up the color of that particular area.

Playing with fonts

Only I like to add interest to my Excel spreadsheets is through the use of changing up the fonts that I use. Be them the styles, bolding them, underlining them, changing colors. And we're going to look at the EatCake Sales Forecast table to describe this. And I'm going to concentrate on the top of the table. The first two rows that identify my titles. The first thing I want to do is I want to take a look at my EatCake Sales Forecast title itself. So I'm going to select that particular grouping of cells. And I want to change up the color of that particular area.

I do that by going up to my font grouping, pull down the drop-down list that has the color identified to it, and pick which color I'd like to work with. We'll be talking about themes later on, so I'm going to just bypass that for a moment, and I'm going to move right down to my Standard Colors here. And you'll notice, as I select the color, the information in behind--you can see it peeking through-- changes to match what I've got. That's an example of that live preview option that we spoke about earlier when we were setting up the Microsoft Excel options. And if you've turned that off, I highly recommend you go back and turn that on, because that really gives you an opportunity to take a look at how these things are going to look on your spreadsheet before you make that final determination. Let's say I want to go very boldly, and I'm going to pick dark red. I select the color that I'm interested in, and as that window closes, the information is now presented in dark red.

I can highlight things even more by using a background color, which is the button just to the left of the font color. And by clicking on that, I can again, choose different colors for my background, which fills in behind my text. I'm going to go really bold and pick orange and red as my combo. That's easy it is to change up the formatting of any cell within your Excel spreadsheet. One nice thing about Microsoft Excel 2007, is the ability to apply the formatting to the whole cell itself, without having to highlight any of the information with the particular information that you're interested in working with, like you would have to do in Word. for example, if I wanted to underline the EatCake Sales Forecast title, I simply have to select the cell that I'm interested in working with, go over to the button and click ones and it underlines all the information within that cell. So that's a real timesaver.

Another way you can add definition and attention to different areas of your spreadsheet, is by the use of the size of the font that you're working with. I've selected cell A2, and I can go to my font size drop-down list, select it and mouse over the different font sizes. And as I'm doing it, that live preview ability shows in the background, giving me an idea of what the text will look like at the different font sizes. I'm pretty happy with font size 24 here, so I'm going to select it, and pin it to my spreadsheet. As you can see, it's very, very easy to add definition and attention to different areas of your workspace, by using the font commands, in the font group, on the Home tab ribbon.

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Excel 2007 Essential Training

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  1. 36s
    1. Welcome
      36s
  2. 10m 57s
    1. Why use a spreadsheet?
      1m 44s
    2. What's changed in Excel 2007?
      5m 37s
    3. The Ribbon
      2m 9s
    4. The Microsoft Office Button
      1m 27s
  3. 12m 10s
    1. What's on the Ribbon?
      1m 56s
    2. Making your way around the Ribbon
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing the Ribbon
      3m 8s
    4. Customizing the Microsoft Office Button
      4m 54s
  4. 16m 15s
    1. Opening old worksheets
      2m 24s
    2. Adding and deleting worksheets
      3m 18s
    3. Inserting and deleting cells
      6m 53s
    4. Freezing areas of a worksheet
      3m 40s
  5. 20m 51s
    1. Width and height
      7m 25s
    2. Numeric formats
      2m 21s
    3. Alignment of data
      3m 19s
    4. Playing with fonts
      2m 58s
    5. AutoFilter
      2m 21s
    6. Formatting as a table
      2m 27s
  6. 21m 31s
    1. Removing duplicates
      6m 1s
    2. What is Conditional Formatting?
      2m 21s
    3. Working with Conditional Formatting
      2m 14s
    4. Managing Conditional Formatting rule preferences
      2m 39s
    5. Converting text to columns
      4m 35s
    6. Data validation
      3m 41s
  7. 10m 56s
    1. Templates
      3m 45s
    2. Styles
      3m 35s
    3. AutoFormat
      3m 36s
  8. 12m 16s
    1. Excel lists have now become tables
      2m 34s
    2. Converting text to columns
      3m 11s
    3. Sorting and Grouping
      5m 9s
    4. Creating a summary report
      1m 22s
  9. 6m 44s
    1. Proofing your work
      3m 31s
    2. Providing comments on worksheets
      3m 13s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Protecting and sharing a worksheet
      3m 57s
    2. Allowing others to edit ranges
      4m 3s
    3. Track Changes
      3m 43s
  11. 22m 43s
    1. Preparing to print
      2m 31s
    2. Print Preview
      3m 33s
    3. The Page Layout Tab
      3m 56s
    4. Page Breaks
      4m 36s
    5. The Page Layout View
      3m 54s
    6. Headers and Footers
      4m 13s
  12. 22m 34s
    1. Adding themes to your worksheet
      2m 53s
    2. Page setup options
      8m 0s
    3. Scale to Fit
      2m 26s
    4. Worksheet options
      5m 29s
    5. Inserting images
      3m 46s
  13. 3m 50s
    1. Using templates
      3m 50s
  14. 17m 48s
    1. Workbook Views
      2m 53s
    2. Hiding and Zooming
      3m 44s
    3. Window Panes
      5m 31s
    4. More screen options
      5m 40s
  15. 8m 16s
    1. Importing from Access
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Import Wizard for text files
      5m 52s
  16. 11m 23s
    1. The Find and Select button
      4m 34s
    2. Find and Replace
      2m 48s
    3. Removing duplicates
      4m 1s
  17. 17m 3s
    1. What are formulas?
      3m 20s
    2. Order of Operations
      2m 50s
    3. Relative and absolute referencing
      4m 54s
    4. The new Formula Tab
      5m 59s
  18. 17m 29s
    1. What are Functions?
      2m 57s
    2. AutoSum
      2m 47s
    3. Minimum
      3m 55s
    4. Trim
      5m 2s
    5. Left
      2m 48s
  19. 19m 51s
    1. Concatenation
      4m 10s
    2. SumIf
      4m 23s
    3. Lookup
      7m 25s
    4. What-If Analysis
      3m 53s
  20. 16m 44s
    1. Why create a chart?
      2m 12s
    2. Creating your chart
      3m 37s
    3. Modifying your chart
      6m 46s
    4. Laying out your chart
      4m 9s
  21. 17m 23s
    1. What are PivotTable reports and PivotChart reports?
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a PivotTable
      4m 47s
    3. Laying out your PivotTable
      2m 30s
    4. Designing your PivotTable
      4m 9s
    5. Creating a PivotChart
      3m 25s
  22. 8m 57s
    1. Why use macros?
      2m 14s
    2. Creating a macro
      4m 31s
    3. Macro security
      2m 12s
  23. 5m 36s
    1. Reviewing a workflow in Excel
      5m 36s
  24. 22s
    1. Conclusion
      22s

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