Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Changing the appearance of your letter
You can also use the formatting tools like switches to turn on bold, italic or
other styles before you type your text. Just click the same button to switch
them off again.
You’ll notice that some of the formatting options have a little triangle pointing
downwards beside them. When you click one of these, you’ll see more options
open up. When you click the one next to the ‘Aa’ icon, for example, you can
choose to change to upper case, lower case, sentence case or all words
initialcapitalised. The underlining options enable you to choose different types of
underlining, such as double, dotted or wiggly lines. You can also change the colour of
the text or its background by opening the options beside the appropriate icons.
Use the highlighter tool to change the text background.
In Ofﬁ ce 2010, Microsoft has introduced a new option for you to create fancy text
effects. This enables you to add reﬂ ections, glow effects and shadows to your
words, and includes a number of shiny and hollow looking text styles. Like
decorated cakes, effects like these are best consumed in small chunks on special
occasions. They’re too rich for everyday use.
Leave your mouse pointer over a button on the ribbon for a couple of
seconds and a box will temporarily pop up to tell you what it does.
Although the Fonts section of the ribbon includes lots of formatting options, strictly
speaking a font is just the design of lettering you are using. In Figure 1.9, I have
used a couple of different fonts. If you compare the Times New Roman Text with
the Arial text, you will probably notice lots of subtle differences. For example, the
Times font has tiny strokes (called serifs) at the ends of letters like the h and the s;
the Arial font doesn’t. (Text without serifs is described as sans serif.) A font
comprises a complete set of symbols in the same style, including upper and lower case
letters, numbers and punctuation.
You can change the font by clicking the triangle to the right of the font name and
then choosing one from the list. You see a sneak preview of it before you apply it