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When I double click to enter an Excel cell to change the color of just certain words, the font buttons are all disabled.  However, within the same sheet, there are other cells where I'm able to do this.  Must be some formatting issue, but I've tried a number of ways to refresh the format (ie. Paste special--> values onto a new tab;  copy format from cells that are able to do this onto the cells that can't, but none of these have worked.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Inside the cells, I've created "bullet points", each starting with --

Even though the cells are formatted as text, this impacts how I can format the cell. If I remove the -- from the first charater in the cell, I can then change the color of the font inside the cell.

I understand starting a cell with a dash (-) impacts the way cell acts with formulas and such, but seems like the user should be able to override that by changing format to text.  

If you know any way to override, please do share.
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Glenn Ray earned 2000 total points
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If you place an apostrophe ( ' ) in front of the two dashes, Excel will stop recognizing this as a formula (yes, two dashes are treated as a formula prefix) and let you format/color the individual text.
leading apostrophe
-Glenn
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Thank you!
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