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How to bold only the first line or first word in cell in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-11-20

In an Excel worksheet, there may be lots of cells containing multiple lines which were paragraphed by Alt + Enter keys. In some cases, you may need to bold only the first line in these cells. Or only bold the first word for making it outstanding in cells. This article shows two methods for you to achieve it in details.

Bold only the first line in cell with VBA code Bold only the first word in cell with VBA code


Bold only the first line in cell with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you quickly bold only the first line in selected cells. Please do as follows.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA code: Bold only the first line in cells

Option Explicit
Sub BoldFirstLine()
Dim xRng As Range, xCell As Range
Dim xFirstRow As String
On Error Resume Next
Set xRng = Application.InputBox("Please select range:", "Kutools for", Selection.Address, , , , , 8)
If xRng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
On Error Resume Next
For Each xCell In xRng
    With xCell
        .Characters(1, InStr(.Value, Chr(10))).Font.Bold = True
    End With
Next
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. Then a Kutools for Excel dialog box pops up, please select the range with the first line you need to make it bold, and then click the OK button.

Then you can see all first lines of selected cells are bold immediately as below screenshot shown.


Bold only the first word in cell with VBA code

As below screenshot shown, sometimes, you need to bold the first word only in range A2:A4 in Excel. You can achieve it as follows step by step.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA code: Bold only the first word in cells

Sub boldtext()
Dim xRng As Range, xCell As Range
On Error Resume Next
Set xRng = Application.InputBox("Please select range:", "Kutools fro Excel", Selection.Address, , , , , 8)
If xRng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
On Error Resume Next
For Each xCell In xRng
  If xCell.Value <> "" Then
    xCell.Characters(1, InStr(1, xCell.Value, " ") - 1).Font.Bold = True
  End If
Next
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. In the popping up Kutools for Excel dialog box, select the range which you want to make the first word bold, and then press the OK button. See screenshot:

Then you can see all first words of selected cells are bold immediately as below screenshot shown.


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Thank you! Works perfect.
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Hello,

How to bold only the Last line of the cell?
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Hi Spulber,
The following VBA code can help you bold only the last line of each cell in the selected range.
Please note that if a cell has only one line (i.e., no line breaks), then the entire cell content will be bolded. If a cell is empty or contains only numerical values, this subroutine will not affect it.

Option Explicit
'Updated by Extendoffice 20230721
Sub BoldLastLine()
    Dim xRng As Range, xCell As Range
    Dim xLastLineStart As Long
    Dim xTextLength As Long
    
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xRng = Application.InputBox("Please select range:", "Kutools for Excel", Selection.Address, , , , , 8)
    
    If xRng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    On Error GoTo 0
    
    For Each xCell In xRng
        With xCell
            xTextLength = Len(.Value)
            xLastLineStart = InStrRev(.Value, Chr(10)) + 1
            If xLastLineStart > xTextLength Then xLastLineStart = 1
            .Characters(xLastLineStart, xTextLength).Font.Bold = True
        End With
    Next
End Sub
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This is fantastic, thanks so much!
Rated 5 out of 5
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Hi. I have many cells that contain multiple lines which were paragraphed by Alt+Enter. I would like to bold and change the color of the first word of each line. Can you help please?
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Hi I have quite a few lines in a cell . I want for make 5th line as bold and italics in a cell . The below code makes only the first line . Can you help

Sub bold()


Dim r As Range, c As Range
Dim ws As Worksheet

Set ws = ActiveSheet
Set r = ws.Range("Y:Y")
For Each c In r
With c
.Font.bold = False
.Value = .Text
.Characters(1, InStr(.Text, vbLf) - 1).Font.bold = True
End With

Next c


End Sub
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