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Can I Set a Default Font In Numbers?

When I import .csv files into Numbers they always open with a font of Helvetica Neue. This is the same as when I open a New Blank spreadsheet or Insert Table in Numbers. I would like to set a different default font. Is this possible?

The same problem applies to Pages.
Brenda Brooks

Comments: 3 Responses to “Can I Set a Default Font In Numbers?”

    11 months ago

    Yes. The key is to think about templates. You can create templates and set the fonts, styles, starting tables and everything else you want.

    So, for instance, I started with a blank document and added a simple 3×10 table with no header columns or rows. I selected all and set the font to Courier New. Then I used File, Save As Template to save it as a template. I added it to the chooser with the name “Simple.”

    Now when you drag and drop a .csv to Numbers, it doesn’t want to bother you to ask you which template to use. So don’t do it that way. Instead, make a new document and select your template. Then drag and drop the .csv into the table in that document.

    You can eliminate a step by setting the default template in Number, Preferences, General. But this only works when you create a new document, not when you drag and drop a .csv to Numbers. So you have to use Command+N and then drag and drop into the table.

    Of course, you can also just quickly select all and change the font. That would be a better solution if you just need to do this occasionally.

    Brenda Brooks
    11 months ago

    Hi Gary, I decided to attack my problem from another direction and have created an AppleScript service for Numbers. It all works well except that I can figure out how to format the date how I want it. It defaults to 21/03/2018 and I want 21 Mar 2018 or dd mmm yyyy. I have included the format bit of my code below. I would appreciate any code pointers.
    set thisColumn to item 2 of theseColumns
    set the format of thisColumn to date and time

    11 months ago

    Brenda: I’m not sure what could be wrong with that. AppleScript just takes a lot of time, Googling and trial-and-error to get right. I don’t do much AppleScript anymore, preferring the more modern JXA (JavaScript) option. But either way, it is going to take a lot of trial-and-error.

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