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Excel For Noobs Tutorial: How to Align Text, Merge Cells, and Format Numbers
When using Excel you will almost always need to format your cells to display your worksheet in a professional and clean manner. We have already covered borders and fills but to successfully create a professional looking worksheet you will also need to align your content, merge cells for your titles, categories or any other data and format your numbers correctly. Instead of trying to explain this, we will just walk you through a styling example of a simple sales forecast we threw together.
Here you can see that we created a simple professional looking sales forecast complete with borders, fills, text alignment & merged cells. Take a look at it then below it we have provided an image of the same worksheet except we have cleared all of the formatting and left only the text and formulas.
Text Alignment and Merging Cells
Pay attention to the steps we perform to format this worksheet and you will have a decent understanding of how to use the alignment and merge commands in Excel.
Step 1: First we are going to activate the cells ranging from J6 to N7. Now while holding down the CTRL button we select cells J8 through K9 then cells L8 and L9 and finally cells M8 to N9.
Step 2: Now located the Merge button in the ribbon and selected the Merge & Center command. Now our sections of the worksheet are merged and the content is centered.
Step 3: Now we will activate the merged cell L8 which contains the section title Growth Rate. Then we click on the Wrap Text command so that the content will fit properly in the cell.
Step 4: Next we will place our cursor on the line between column letter J & K and double click so that cell J15 will adapt to fit the content Total Revenues. We will do the same for cell M15.
Step 5: Now to finish up on the content alignment we will use the middle align button for the title and section titles. While holding CTRL we activate all the titles and section titles and then click the middle align button.
Now we are going to format the numbers in Excel. If you are working with any type of currency then this will be especially useful. Letís move on.
Step 1: First we activate cells K10 through K15 and then while holding CTRL we activate cells N10 through N15 and then from the number format command we select currency. Now our numbers are stated in American dollars.
Step 2: Now we are going to change the currency to the British Pound. We activate cells K10 through K15 and then while holding CTRL we activate cells N10 through N15 and then from the number format command we select More Number Formats which is at the very bottom of the list. The Format Cells tabbed dialog box will appear. We make sure that the Number tab is selected. Then we locate the Symbol scroll bar and select the British Pound from the list.
We have already covered borders in more detail in a previous tutorial but just in case we will show you have to do it.
Step 1: First we activate the entire sales forecast and then select All Borders from the Borders command.
Step 2: Next we activate the entire sales forecast again and this time select Thick Box Border from the Borders command.
Adding Fill Color to Cells
Again we have already covered Fills in previous tutorials but will will provide a simple demonstration here.
To fill colors into cells we select the cell we want to color and then from the Fill Color command we select the color of our preference. We will then repeat this process for all cells that we want to fill with color.
How to Use the Format Cells Dialog Box to Format Cells
Using the ribbon to format cells should be good enough most since it allows you quick access to most formatting commands. However, you do have to option to use the Format Cells dialog box which offers you even more formatting options than the ribbon. To access the Format Tools Dialog Box perform one of the task listed below.
The Format Cells dialog box is a tabbed dialog box which segments the dialog box into different formatting groups. The tabs available are Number, Alignment, Font, Border, Fill, and Protection.. Experiment with the Format Cells dialog box and you should become fairly familiar with it.
- Press CTRL+1
- Click the dialog box launcher in the bottom right corner of the Font group, Alignment group or the Number group which are all located in the Home tab.
- Select the range of cells you want to format, right-click and from the shortcut menu click on Format Cells.
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