Excel Default Font in Excel for Office 365

  • The Excel default font in most newer versions of Excel, including Excel 2016, Excel 2019, and Excel for Office 365, is called Calibri.
  • ​You can change the default font in Excel to any other font that is currently installed on your computer.
  • You can install a new font by downloading it, then right-clicking on the font file and choosing the Install option. Note that if your font file came in a zip file that you will need to unzip it first.

The Excel default font has changed a couple of times over the course of its existence and, in most new versions, the Excel default font is called Calibri.

While many people won’t take issue with this font, you might prefer to use something other than Microsoft’s choice when you are creating new workbooks.

Luckily you have the ability to customize many features of the program in the Excel Options menu, including things like the default font and font size.

Our guide below is going to show you where to find this setting in Excel for Office 365 so that you can select a new default font for the Excel workbooks you create in the future.

How to Change Default Font in Excel for Office 365

The steps in this article will work in most versions of Microsoft Excel, including Excel 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2016, Excel 2019, and more. The Calibri font is the default in most newer versions of Excel, but it may be different in older versions, or if this setting has previously been changed.

Excel is going to need to restart after you choose a new default font style, so it’s best to save your file before completing these steps.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Excel.

Step 2: Select the File tab (next to the Home tab) at the top-left corner of the window.

click the File tab

Step 3: Click the Options button at the bottom-left corner of the window.

click Options at the bottom-left

Step 4: Choose the General tab at the left side of the Excel Options window.

select the General tab

Step 5: Click the drop-down list to the right if Use this as the default font, then choose an option.

Excel default font

Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window when you’re done. Note that Excel will need to restart to apply the new font setting.

how to change the Excel default font

Excel Default Font Additional Information

  • The default font settings only apply to new workbooks that you create. The font will not change for existing workbooks on your computer.
  • While you have the menu above in the Excel Options dialog box you can also change the default font size as well.
  • Note that changing the default font in Excel won’t affect the default font in other Microsoft Office applications like Microsoft Word or Microsoft Powerpoint. Those applications have their own default font settings that you can adjust in a similar manner.

Find out how to remove gridlines in Microsoft Excel if you either don’t want to see them on your screen, or you don’t want to see them when you are printing.

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