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Chapter 4. Typing (also called Word Proc... > Format the text using the toolbar

Format the text using the toolbar

Of course you've noticed the other bar across the top of the page, full of all kinds of buttons (as shown below). It's rather intimidating, I think, but it will eventually grow useful to you. This is the toolbar, and many of the commands from the menus are represented by little buttons so you can click a button instead of having to go to the menu. For instance, which button do you think you could click to make selected text bold? As you position your mouse over a button, AppleWorks tells you what that button will do.

The toolbar is customizable (see the user manual). Many of the buttons in it will change when you switch to the different modules in AppleWorks.


This is the toolbar in AppleWorks 5.



If your toolbar doesn't look quite like this, perhaps you changed toolbars! Check the toolbar menu (shown to the right) and make sure the "Default" toolbar is selected.



This is the toolbar in AppleWorks 6.


Make text bold or italic

Select the text. Then:

In AppleWorks 5, from the Style menu, choose "Bold" or "Italic."

In AppleWorks 6, from the Text menu, choose "Style," then "Bold" or "Italic."

Or select the text and use the keyboard shortcut. What is the shortcut for the bold style? For the italic style?

Or select the text and use the buttons on the toolbar.

Change the size of text

Select the text you want to change. In the menu you are about to open, the current size of the text is indicated by the checkmark.

In AppleWorks 5, from the Size menu, choose any size.

Or select the text, then use the Size button on the toolbar.

In AppleWorks 6, from the Text menu, choose "Size," then select a size.

Change the typeface

Select the text you want to change. In the menu you are about to open, the current font is indicated by the checkmark.

In AppleWorks 5, from the Font menu, choose a typeface (font).

Or select the text, then use the Font button on the toolbar.

In AppleWorks 6, from the Text menu, choose "Font," then choose a typeface (font).

Color the text

Select the text you want to color. Then:

In AppleWorks 5, click on the tiny color button in the toolbar, as shown below. Slide out to the color of your choice. Just let go when the tip of the pointer is positioned over the color you want.



In AppleWorks 6, from the Text menu, choose "Text Color," then choose a color from the palette that appears.

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