Is it possible to set the text-size and possibly other formatting of the actual values/formula input field in Apple iWork Numbers?

Comparing these two screenshots, it seems possible to set the size of the text to something larger.

Too small text-size for my taste:

Text-size too small for my taste

Easier to read (screenshot originally posted here):

Text-size better sized for my taste

  • I'd like to know how as well. Thanks for posting this.
    – Richard
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 16:38

1 Answer 1


When I click in the formula entry bar I get an additional toolbar that has a "Formula Text Size" field. Does this appear on your screen?

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Here's a screenshot from the Numbers '09 User's Guide:

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I haven't found a way to make it larger than 14.


I figured out how to make it larger than 14.

  1. Quit Numbers
  2. Run Terminal
  3. Type the following command:

defaults write com.apple.iWork.Numbers LSFormulaBarFontSize 80

When you run Numbers again your formula bar is plenty big:

Big Big Bar

You can use a number smaller than 80 in the Terminal command for a more reasonably-sized formula bar.

  • Wow. That's an astonishing answer. It's funny I didn't see that Formula text size dropdown menu (it's even there in my second screenshot, hehe). And the defaults command you provided is simply brilliant. Thank you.
    – Henrik
    Commented May 12, 2012 at 13:15

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