Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using the Font group on the Home tab
The Font Color setting determines the colors of the lettering for the selected text. Click the
Text Color drop-down arrow in the Font group of the Home tab to open a palette or gallery
of colors, as shown in Figure 5.7.
Changing text color
The theme applied to the document determines the available colors shown under Theme
Colors in the gallery. The Automatic choice at the top can be black or white, and is based
on the shading applied to the text. If the shading is so dark that black text can’t be read
without difﬁ culty, Word automatically switches the Automatic color to white. The Standard
Colors choices are the same no matter what theme is applied. You can click one of the colors
under Theme Colors or Standard Colors to apply it to the selected text, or you can use the
More Colors or Gradient choices to apply custom colors of blends of colors to the text.
Given that the Shading tool appears in the Paragraph group of the Ribbon, you might
be tempted to believe that shading is paragraph-level formatting. Indeed, with nothing
selected, your Shading choice applies to the entire current paragraph holding the
However, if you select a single word or character, Shading suddenly acts like a
characterformatting attribute. In reality, that’s what it is. Because people seldom vary the shading
within any given paragraph, Word includes it with the other paragraph formatting settings.
And yet, just like font, font/point size, bold, and italic, shading is a character attribute.
As shown in Figure 5.8, the combination of the Shading and Font Color settings both
contribute to the readability of the text. There needs to be adequate contrast between the
two in order for the document to remain readable.