Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
You can preview the new text size by pointing the mouse at an item on the Size menu.
The word under the insertion pointer, or a selected block of text, is updated on the screen to
reflect the new size. Click to choose a size or press Esc to cancel.
Nudging text size
Sometimes, choosing text size is like hanging a picture: To make the picture level on the wall, you
have to nudge it just a little this way or that. Word has similar tools for nudging the text size larger
or smaller, two of which are found in the Font group.
To increase the font size, click the Grow Font command button or press Ctrl+Shift+>.
The Grow Font command nudges the font size up to the next value as listed on the Size menu (refer
to Figure 10-1 ) . So if the text is 12 points, the Grow Font command increases its size to 14 points.
To decrease the font size, click the Shrink Font command button or press Ctrl+Shift+<.
The Shrink Font command works in the opposite direction of the Grow Font command, by reducing
I remember the Grow and Shrink keyboard commands easily because the greater-than symbol is >
and the less-than symbol is <. Just say, “I’m making my text greater than its current size” when you
press Ctrl+Shift+> or “I’m making my text less than its current size” when you press Ctrl+Shift+<.
When you want to increase or decrease the font size by smaller increments, use these
Ctrl+] Makes text one point size larger
Ctrl+[ Makes text one point size smaller
More Colorful Characters
Adding color to your text doesn’t make your writing more colorful. All it does is make you wish that
you had more color ink when it’s time to print your document. Regardless, you can splash around
color on your text, and there’s no need to place a drop cloth in the document’s footer.