Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
described in Chapter 2 , in the section about dealing with spots and clutter in the text. The
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In Word, you can choose the size of your text, from indecipherably small to monstrously huge. Of
course, more common is the subtle text-size adjustment; rare is the student who hasn’t fudged the
length of a term paper by inching up the text size a notch or two.
Word (and Windows) deals with text size as measured in points. It’s a typesetting term. One point is
equal to 1 ⁄ 7 2 inch. Don’t bother memorizing it. Instead, here are some point pointers:
The bigger the point size, the larger the text.
Most printed text is either 10 or 12 points tall.
Headings are typically 14 to 24 points tall.
Most fonts can be sized from 1 point to 1,638 points. Point sizes smaller than 6 are generally
too small for a human to read.
Seventy-two points is equal (roughly) to 1-inch-high letters.
The point size of text is a measure from the bottom of the descender to the top of the
ascender — from the bottom of the lowercase p to the top of the capital E, for example. So the
typical letter in a font is smaller than its given font size. In fact, depending on the font design,
text formatted at the same size but with different fonts (typefaces) may not appear to be the
same size. It’s just one of those typesetting oddities that causes regular computer users to start
Setting the text size
Text size is set in the Font group on the Home tab. Immediately to the right of the Font box is the
Size box. Clicking the down arrow displays a list of font sizes for your text, as shown on the right in
The Size menu lists only common text sizes. To set the text size to a value that isn’t listed or to a
specific value, type the value in the box. For example, to set the font size to 11.5, click in the Size
box and type 11.5 .