How to set rich text format in cells in Java

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in Java. The library works with any Java SE application and without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download EasyXLS Excel Library for Java

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

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If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Install the downloaded EasyXLS installer for v8.6 or earlier.

Step 2: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 3: Create a Java project

If don't have a project already, create a new Java project.

Step 4: Include EasyXLS library into project

EasyXLS.jar must be added to external libraries into your project for Eclipse or to your application CLASSPATH.

EasyXLS.jar can be found:
- Inside the downloaded archive at Step 1 for EasyXLS v9.0 or later
- Under installation path for EasyXLS v8.6 or earlier, in "Lib" folder.

Add EasyXLS library to CLASSPATH

Step 5: Run Java code that sets rich text format in Excel cells

Execute the following Java code that exports rich text format (RTF) in an Excel cell.

package testexceljava;

import EasyXLS.*;
import EasyXLS.Constants.*;

/* ----------------------------------------------------------------
 | Tutorial 19
 | This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in Java having
 | multiple sheets. The first sheet is filled with data and the
 | first cell of the second row contains data in rich text format.
 * ---------------------------------------------------------------- */

public class Tutorial19 {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
            System.out.println("Tutorial 19");

            // Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files having two sheets
            ExcelDocument workbook = new ExcelDocument(2);

            // Set the sheet names
            workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0).setSheetName("First tab");
            workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1).setSheetName("Second tab");

            // Get the table of data for the first worksheet
            ExcelTable xlsFirstTable = ((ExcelWorksheet)workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0)).easy_getExcelTable();

            // Create the string used to set the RTF in cell
            String sFormattedValue = "This is <b>bold</b>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <i>italic</i>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <u>underline</u>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <underline double>double underline</underline double>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <font color=red>red</font>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <font color=rgb(255,0,0)>red</font> too.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <font face=\"Arial Black\">Arial Black</font>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <font size=15pt>size 15</font>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <s>strikethrough</s>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <sup>superscript</sup>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\nThis is <sub>subscript</sub>.";
            sFormattedValue += "\n<b>This</b> <i>is</i> <font color=red face=\"Arial Black\" size=15pt>" + 
                                 "<underline double>formatted</underline double></font> <s>text</s>.";

            // Set the rich text value in cell
            xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 0).setHTMLValue(sFormattedValue);
            xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 0).setDataType(DataType.STRING);
            xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(1, 0).setWrap(true);

            // Export Excel file
            System.out.println("Writing file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial19 - RTF for Excel cells.xlsx");
            workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial19 - RTF for Excel cells.xlsx");

            // Confirm export of Excel file
            if (workbook.easy_getError().equals(""))
                System.out.println("File successfully created.");
                System.out.println("Error encountered: " + workbook.easy_getError());

            // Dispose memory
        catch (Exception ex) {

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

Excel Library for Java
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Excel Writer for Java
Java version to create and export Excel files
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