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Lesson 10. Changing the Appearance of Text > Understanding Font Terminology

Understanding Font Terminology

Word offers a huge assortment of fonts to use in your documents. Each font has a specific typeface that determines the appearance of the characters. Typefaces are identified by names such as Arial, Courier, and Times New Roman. Each font also has a size, which is specified in points. One point is equal to 1/72 of an inch; so, for example, a 36-point font's largest characters are 1/2-inch tall when printed. Most documents use font sizes in the 8 to 14 point range, but the larger and smaller sizes are available for headings and other special needs.


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