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Chapter 5. Formatting a Document with Word > Changing Character Spacing

Changing Character Spacing

Kerning is the amount of space between each individual character that you type. Sometimes the space between two characters is larger than others, which makes the word look uneven. You can use the Font dialog box to change the kerning setting for selected characters. Kerning works only with TrueType or Adobe Type Manager fonts. You can expand or condense the character spacing to create a special effect for a title, or re-align the position of characters to the bottom edge of the text—this is helpful for positioning the copyright or trademark symbols.

Change Character Spacing

Select the text you want to format.

Click the Format menu, and then click Font.

Click the Character Spacing tab.

Click the Spacing list arrow, click an option, and then specify a point size to expand or condense spacing by the amount specified.

Click the Position list arrow, click an option, and then specify a point size to raise or lower the text in relation to the baseline (bottom of the text).

Select the Kerning For Fonts check box, and then specify a point size.

Check the results in the Preview box.

To make the new formatting options the default for all new Word documents, click Default, and then click Yes.

Click OK.


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