Changing the colour of text in Calc, not background

As I post accounting I am used to turning those cells in the Cheque Register blue so that I know I have posted those items. I try to change the font colors in the Calc spreadsheets, and no matter how many times I do it, the font remains stubbornly black, even though the background color will change.

This is actually a quite common problem, as the buttons for changing the colour of the text and the button for changing the colour of the background are quite similar. Below you will find a picture showing the difference between the two.

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Another way of changing the colours, is to right-click the cell, choose Format Cells..., choose Font Effects and choose the desired colour.

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