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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


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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.


arrow blue right bubble 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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    Excelnewbie · 1 years ago
    How about if I want the second line to be bold?
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      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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        bc · 1 years ago
        Hi, How about if I want the first three words to be bold?
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          crystal · 1 years ago
          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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            jac · 1 years ago
            HI, how about if i want the first two lines to be bold?