Fields of Excel Template are gray font

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I am using a expense calendar Template from Excel--going great except there are fields that are 'light gray"  I have changed the font color but will not change to just basic black

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If you're having trouble changing the font color in specific cells in Excel and it's not updating as expected, there might be formatting applied to those cells that is overriding your manual changes. Here are a few steps you can follow to ensure that you can change the font color:

  1. Check Cell Formatting:
    • Select the cell or range of cells with the light gray font.
    • Right-click on the selection and choose "Format Cells."
    • Go to the "Font" tab and ensure that the font color is set to "Automatic" or choose the desired color.
  2. Conditional Formatting:
    • Check if there's any conditional formatting applied to those cells.
    • Select the cells, go to the "Home" tab, and then click on "Conditional Formatting" in the "Styles" group.
    • Manage the rules and remove any rules that might be affecting the font color.
  3. Cell Styles:
    • If the cells are using a specific cell style, it might be overriding your manual changes.
    • Select the cells, go to the "Home" tab, and then click on the "Cell Styles" dropdown.
    • Choose "Normal" or another style that doesn't affect the font color.
  4. Clear All Formatting:
    • If the issue persists, you can try clearing all formatting from the cells and then manually applying the desired formatting.
      • Select the cells, right-click, and choose "Clear Format."
  5. Check for Workbook Theme:
    • Sometimes, the workbook may have a theme that sets specific font colors.
    • Go to the "Page Layout" tab and check the "Themes" dropdown. Choose a theme or select "Office" to reset to default Office theme.

After making these adjustments, you should be able to change the font color to black as desired. If the issue persists or if there are specific details about the template that you'd like assistance with, please provide more information so that the forum users can offer more targeted help. The text and steps were edited with the help of AI.


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