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Part I: Word > Formatting in Word

Chapter 3. Formatting in Word

Formatting is the part of word processing that lets you loosen up and have a little fun. You can dress up your bland 12-point Times with any typeface you choose—bold or italic for emphasis, color for variety, borders around certain paragraphs, and so on.

It's important to understand that Word offers independent formatting controls for each of four entities: characters (individual letters and words), paragraphs (anything you've typed that's followed by a press of the Return key), sections (similar to chapters, as described in Section 3.6), and the entire document. Attributes like bold and italic are character formatting; line spacing and centering are paragraph attributes; page numbering is done on a section-by-section basis; and margin settings are considered document settings. Understanding these distinctions will help you know where to look to achieve a certain desired effect.


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