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Hello Tom,
I use Excel 2010. I have inserted numerous text boxes and added scroll bars to them as well. Unfortunately, users typing in information are bound by whatever font type I have set in the properties for each cell. Is there a way for users to independently format font properties such as bold type, underline, or font color for individual words? I'm not looking to change everything, just certain words in the text box. The main home toolbar containing font formatting options becomes "grayed out" when typing information into the cell with scroll bars?
Appreciate any insights you have.


There are two types of textboxes.  The ActiveX textbox which supports scroll bars, but does not support Rich Text Formatting (which is what you describe) and Drawing Object Textboxes, which do support Rich Text Formatting for hand entered data but do not have a scrollbar property.

So those are pretty much the choices.   (by the way, the ActiveX textbox did not support rich text formatting even if scrollbars were not chosen).  

With the drawing Object type, you could possibly use an external scroll bar control next to the textbox and manage the textbox with code - but it would be fairly intensive I believe.

Tom Ogilvy

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