Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 10
Character Formatting
In This Chapter
Understanding text formatting
Choosing a font
Applying basic text formats
Changing text size
Adding color to your words
Changing text case
Undoing text formatting
Exploring the Font dialog box
Just as your body is composed of millions of cells, documents are composed of thousands of
characters. Like a cell, a character is the basic building block of the document. Characters include letters,
symbols, and Aunt Eunice, who claims to talk with squirrels and even knits sweaters for them.
The most basic element you can format in a document is text — the letters, numbers, and characters
you type. You can format text to be bold, underlined, italicized, little, or big or in different fonts or
colors — all sorts of pretty and distracting attributes. Word gives you a magnificent amount of control
over the appearance of your text. This chapter contains the details.
Text Formatting 101
You can change the format of your text in two ways:
Choose a text-formatting command first, and then type the text. All the text you type is
formatted as chosen.
Type the text first, and then select the text as a block and apply the formatting. This
technique works best when you’re busy with a thought and need to return to format the text later.
You use both methods as you compose text in your document. Sometimes, it’s easier to use a
formatting command and type the text in that format. For example:
1. Type this line:
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