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Chapter 5. Changing How Text Looks > Understanding Fonts

Understanding Fonts

When you work in Word, you want to be able to control the look of the text in the documents that you create. The size and appearance of the text is controlled for the most part by the font or fonts you choose to use in the document. Each available font has a particular style or typeface. A variety of fonts exists, with names such as Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, CG Times, Bookman Old Style, and so on; the fonts you can choose depend on the fonts that have been installed on your computer (Windows offers a large number of default fonts; other font families are added when you install Office, and you can purchase software for special lettering and printing projects). Each font has a particular look and feel that makes it unique.

Keep Your Business Documents Standard The standard point size for most business documents is 12 points, which is 1/6 of an inch tall. So, when selecting a new font, it's generally a good idea to make sure that you use 12 points for documents such as business letters and memos.



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