Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting Paragraphs and Characters
Formatting Single versus Multiple Paragraphs
and Characters
As shown on the previous pages, to format a single paragraph, simply move the
insertion point in the paragraph, to make it the current paragraph, and then format the
paragraph. Similarly, to format a single word, position the insertion point in the word,
to make it the current word, and then format the word.
To format multiple paragraphs or words, however, you i rst must select the para-
graphs or words you want to format and then format the selection. If your screen nor-
mally displays dark letters on a light background, which is the default setting in Word,
then selected text displays light letters on a dark background.
Selecting Nonadjacent
In Word, you can select
nonadjacent items, that
is, items not next to each
other. This is helpful
when you are applying
the same formatting to
multiple items. To select
nonadjacent items (text or
graphics), select the i rst
item, such as a word or
paragraph, as usual; then,
press and hold down the
CTRL key. While holding
down the CTRL key, select
additional items.
To Select a Line
The default font size of 11 point is too small for a headline in a l yer. To increase the font size of the characters
in the headline, you i rst must select the line of text containing the headline. The following steps select a line.
Move the mouse pointer to the left
Center button
of the line to be selected (in this
case, the headline) until the mouse
pointer changes to a right-pointing
block arrow (Figure 1–14).
mouse pointer changes
to a right-pointing
block arrow when
positioned to the left of
a paragraph
insertion point
in signature line
paragraph containing
signature line centered
horizontally on page
Figure 1–14
While the mouse pointer is a
transparent Mini toolbar
appears whenever you
select text
right-pointing block arrow, click
the mouse to select the entire line
to the right of the mouse pointer
(Figure 1–15).
line to be formatted
is selected
Figure 1–15
Other Ways
1. Drag mouse through
2. With insertion point at
beginning of desired line,
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