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Changing Character Spacing


Kerning is the amount of space between each individual character that you type. Sometimes the space between two characters is larger than others, which makes the word look uneven. You can use the Font dialog box to change the kerning setting for selected characters. Kerning works only with TrueType or Adobe Type Manager fonts. You can expand or condense character spacing to create a special effect for a title, or re-align the position of characters to the bottom edge of the text—this is helpful for positioning the copyright or trademark symbols.

Change Character Spacing

  • y_1.jpg Select the text you want to format.
  • y_2.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • y_3.jpg Click the Font Dialog Box Launcher
  • y_4.jpg Click the Character Spacing tab.
  • y_5.jpg Click the Spacing list arrow, click an option, and then specify a point size to expand or condense spacing by the amount specified.
  • y_6.jpg Click the Position list arrow, click an option, and then specify a point size to raise or lower the text in relation to the baseline (bottom of the text).
  • y_7.jpg Select the Kerning for fonts check box, and then specify a point size.
  • y_8.jpg Check the results in the Preview box.
  • y_9.jpg To make the new formatting options the default for all new Word documents, click Default, and then click Yes.
  • y_10.jpg Click OK.
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