Excel default text color weirdness


How does Excel choose which color a newly added text will be? I makes no sense to me, look…

To be sure there isn’t any invisible formatting on the cells, start with a fresh sheet and add some values:

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Then make them gray, only the actual values:

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Now try to add a new, black, value:

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So, in the columns with three values, I have to keep a distance of at least three cells to get a black value. But in the columns with just two or a single value I don’t have to keep any distance at all? Or is the logic completely different and I just don’t see it?

I tried clearing formats, clearing everything, creating new columns and re-typing the data into them, I can’t get consistent behavior.