Change the Default Font in Microsoft Excel

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Reader Jackolyn is having a problem with Microsoft Excel:

Is there a way to remove unwanted fonts from the Windows 7 Fonts directory? I am the newsletter editor for our church newsletter, and Excel is driving me crazy with its Kartika font. Each time I try to type info in a calendar cell, Excel defaults to Kartika.

Well, Jackolyn, this is actually two different questions. You can certainly uninstall fonts from Windows, but that won't get to the root of your problem, which is that the default font in Excel has somehow changed.

To delete any font, do this:

1. Click Start, type fonts, and then click Fonts when it appears in the search results.

2. Find the font you want to delete, right-click it, and then choose Delete.

However, as I noted, I don't think this will accomplish your main goal, which is to change the font Excel uses by default. If you're using Excel 2010, do this:

1. Click File, Options, General.

2. Under the section labeled "When creating new workbooks," click the pull-down next to "Use this font" and choose the one you want. (Calibri is the standard default, and probably the one you were accustomed to.)

3. Click OK and you're done.

If you're using Excel 2007, you'll click the big round Office button in the upper-left corner, then Excel Options. The other steps should be the same.

Hope that does the trick, Jackolyn!

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