Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Changing the Look of Text
✦ Shortcut menu: Right-click the selected text and choose a new font on
the shortcut menu.
✦ Font drop-down list: On the Home tab, open the Font drop-down list and
choose a font.
✦ Font dialog box: On the Home tab, click the Font group button. You see
the Font dialog box. Select a font and click OK.
Avoid using too many different fonts because a file with too many fonts looks
like alphabet soup. The object is to choose a font that helps set the tone. An
aggressive sales pitch calls for a strong, bold font; a technical presentation
calls for a font that is clean and unobtrusive. Make sure that the fonts you
select help communicate your message.
Changing the font size of text
Font size is measured in points; a point is 1 ⁄ 72 of an inch. The golden rule of
font sizes goes something like this: the larger the font size, the more
important the text. This is why headings are larger than footnotes. Select your text
and use one of these techniques to change the font size of the letters:
✦ Mini-toolbar: Move the pointer over the text, and when you see the
minitoolbar, move the pointer over the toolbar and choose a font size on the
Font Size drop-down list (refer to Figure 2-2).
✦ Font Size drop-down list: On the Home tab, open the Font Size
dropdown list and choose a font size. You can live-preview font sizes this
✦ Font dialog box: On the Home tab, click the Font group button, and in
the Font dialog box, choose a font size and click OK.
✦ Increase Font Size and Decrease Font Size buttons: Click these buttons
(or press Ctrl+] or Ctrl+[) to increase or decrease the point size by the
next interval on the Font Size drop-down list. You can find the Increase
Font Size and Decrease Font Size buttons on the Home tab and the
minitoolbar. Watch the Font Size list or your text and note how the text
changes size. This is an excellent technique when you want to “eyeball
it” and you don’t care to fool with the Font Size drop-down list or Font
Click the Increase Font Size and Decrease Font Size buttons when you’re
dealing with fonts of different sizes and you want to proportionally change
the size of all the letters. Drag the pointer over the text to select it before
clicking one of the buttons.
If the font size you want isn’t on the Font Size drop-down list, enter the size.
For example, to change the font size to 13.5 points, type 13.5 in the Font Size
box and press Enter.