[Solved] Setting default font size for all sheets in a file

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[Solved] Setting default font size for all sheets in a file

Postby TheMotorcycleBoy » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:43 am

Hi everyone,

I analyse the accounting books of companies, and always start off with a generic spreadsheet called "company.xlsx". Then when I wish to analyse a given company e.g. "Adidas" I make a copy of this file e.g. to "adidas.xlsx", and off I go. One thing I'd like to solve is that although I have my sheets set up as "Arial 8", whenever I add a new sheet the new sheet gets created as "Arial 10", so I end up having to select all cells and resetting the size to 8. Is there a way I can set all of the sheets in the spreadsheet to be "Arial 8?"

many thanks
Matt
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Re: Setting the default font size for all sheets in a file

Postby RusselB » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:31 pm

Yes this can be done by creating a new default template.
See [Tutorial]Creating a new default template

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Re: Setting the default font size for all sheets in a file

Postby TheMotorcycleBoy » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:20 pm

RusselB wrote:Yes this can be done by creating a new default template.
See [Tutorial]Creating a new default template

Please note that we will not and can not guarantee there will be no problems if you continue to insist on using Microsoft's .xlsx format.
Additionally, OpenOffice does not support saving in that format. LibreOffice does support it.
Please use the User Control Panel to correct your Forum signature, as, currently it shows an invalid version.
Either change the OpenOffice to LibreOffice and/or change the 6.0.7.3 to the correct version number.

Apologies I'm on LibreOffice. I've just changed my user profile on here.

I'll try this step from the tutorial that you suggested

"From the File menu, choose Templates -> Save."

thanks Matt :)
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Re: Setting the default font size for all sheets in a file

Postby TheMotorcycleBoy » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:15 pm

RusselB wrote:Yes this can be done by creating a new default template.
See [Tutorial]Creating a new default template

Please note that we will not and can not guarantee there will be no problems if you continue to insist on using Microsoft's .xlsx format.
Additionally, OpenOffice does not support saving in that format. LibreOffice does support it.
Please use the User Control Panel to correct your Forum signature, as, currently it shows an invalid version.
Either change the OpenOffice to LibreOffice and/or change the 6.0.7.3 to the correct version number.

I've done this now.

TBH this feels to be a somewhat heavy weight approach. Surely having a global default font from Edit->Preferences is a more obvious way to set up something like this.

re. the comment about the .xlsx format, as a computer programmer myself (for about 25+ years), the output file should be irrelevant - for all *standard* features.

The only features, I'd personally expect to have trouble porting would any graphs, or programming macros. Simple calculation formula and font+layout choices - surely these have well known equivalents across the varying spreadsheet output formats?
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