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Part 2. Using Word > Task 7 How to Format Text

Task 7 How to Format Text

You can find all kinds of formatting tools on the Formatting toolbar. By far the easiest formatting to apply is bold, italic, and underline. These are the most commonly used formatting commands. You can also find controls for applying different fonts and sizes to your text. Changing fonts and sizes is an easy way to alter the appearance of words and of the document. You can change the font or size for one word, a paragraph, or the entire document. In addition, you can also find all these formatting controls in the Font dialog box, a comprehensive dialog box for applying formatting options in one fell swoop.

  1. Use Bold, Italic, Underline Buttons

    Select the text you want to format, or choose the formatting commands before you type the text. To boldface text, click the Bold button on the Formatting toolbar. To italicize text, click the Italic button. To underline text, click the Underline button.



  2. Choose a Font

    On the Formatting toolbar, click the down arrow on the Font drop-down list box to display a list of the fonts installed on your computer. Scroll through the list to find the font you want; click it to apply it to the selected text. (Word places the fonts you've used recently above a double line at the top of the list; below the double line is an alphabetical list of all the fonts.)



  3. Choose a Font Size

    After you have chosen a font, you can make it larger or smaller by changing the font size. On the Formatting toolbar, click the down arrow on the Font Size box to display a list of sizes for the current font. Scroll, if necessary, to find the size you want; click it to apply it to the selected text.



  4. Open the Font Dialog Box

    The quickest way to experiment with fonts, sizes, and other characteristics all at the same time is to use the Font dialog box. Select the text you want to format and choose Format, Font to open the dialog box.



  5. Preview Formatting Selections

    Use the Font tab to change the font and size, set font style, and check the results in the Preview area. Choose a font from the Font list, for example, to see what it looks like in the Preview area.



  6. Apply the Formats

    Click OK to close the Font dialog box and apply the new settings.




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