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

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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This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
How about if I want the second line to be bold?
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Good Day!
If you want to bold only the second line of the cell, please try the following VBA code:

Sub BoldSecondLine()
Dim xRng As Range, xCell As Range
Dim xArr
On Error Resume Next
Set xRng = Application.InputBox("Please select range:", "Kutools for", Selection.Address, , , , , 8)
If xRng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
For Each xCell In xRng
If xCell <> "" Then
With xCell
xArr = Split(xCell, Chr(10))
.Characters(InStr(.Value, Chr(10)) + 1, Len(xArr(1))).Font.Bold = True
End With
End If
Next
End Sub
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Hi, How about if I want the first three words to be bold?
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Good Day,
Please try below VBA script.

Sub boldtext()
Dim xRng As Range, xCell As Range
Dim xNum As Long, xCount As Long
Dim I As Long, J As Long
Dim xArr
Dim xArrChr10
On Error Resume Next
Set xRng = Application.InputBox("Please select range:", "Kutools fro Excel", Selection.Address, , , , , 8)
If xRng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
For Each xCell In xRng
xNum = 0
xCount = 0
xArrChr10 = Split(xCell.Value, Chr(10))
For I = 0 To UBound(xArrChr10)
xArr = Split(xArrChr10(I))
For J = 0 To UBound(xArr)
If xArr(J) <> "" Then
xCount = xCount + 1
If xCount > 3 Then Exit For
End If
xNum = xNum + Len(xArr(J)) + 1
Next
Next
xCell.Characters(1, xNum).Font.Bold = True
Next
End Sub
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HI, how about if i want the first two lines to be bold?
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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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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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