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Formatting Text

A font is a collection of alphanumeric characters that share the same typeface, or design, and have similar characteristics. You can format text and numbers with font attributes—such as bolding, italics, or underlining—to enhance data to catch the reader’s attention. The main formats you apply to text are available on the Home tab in the Font group or in the Font dialog box. Some of the formats available include strikethrough, subscript, superscript, and underline style and color. When you point to selected text, Office displays the Mini-Toolbar above it. The Mini-Toolbar provides easy access to common formatting toolbar buttons, such as font, font size, increase and decrease font size, bold, italic, font color, and increase and decrease list level. If you don’t want to display the Mini-Toolbar, you can use Word Options to turn it off.

Format Text Quickly

  • yellow-circle1.jpg Select the text you want to format.
  • yellow-circle2.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • yellow-circle3.jpg To change fonts, click the Font list arrow on the Ribbon or Mini-Toolbar, and then point for a live preview, or click the font you want, either a theme font or any available fonts.

    The font name appears in the font style.

    To change the font size, click one or more of the font size buttons on the Ribbon or Mini-Toolbar:

    • Click the Font Size list arrow, and then click the font size you want.
    • Click the Increase Font Size button or Decrease Font Size button.

    To apply other formatting, click one or more of the formatting buttons on the Ribbon or Mini-Toolbar: Bold, Italic, Underline, Shadow, Strikethrough, or Font Color.

    • To select an underline style, click the Underline button arrow, and then select a style or color.

Format Text Using the Font Dialog Box

  • yellow-circle1.jpg Select the text you want to format.
  • yellow-circle2.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • yellow-circle3.jpg Click the Font Dialog Box Launcher.

    The Font dialog box opens, displaying the Font tab.

  • yellow-circle4.jpg Select the font, font style, and font size you want.
  • yellow-circle5.jpg If you want, click the Font Color list arrow, and then click a color.
  • yellow-circle6.jpg If you want, click the Underline list arrow, click a style, click Underline Color list arrow, and then click a color.
  • yellow-circle7.jpg Click OK.
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