Font formats

Word centralizes font formats in the Font dialog box:

Font dialog box

The numerous options in the Font dialog box are organized in three tabs:

  • Font: the font typeface, style, size, color, underline, and effects.
  • Character Spacing: the kerning, scale, and other typographic settings. It is rare that you will need (or want) to change these font properties.
  • Text animation: animated effects, such as blinking text. These font effects make sense only if a document will be viewed on screen.

To access the Font dialog box, do one of the following:

  • Right-click selected text and choose Font.
  • Choose Format → Font.
  • Ctrl+D.

Word provides a number of shortcuts to commonly-used font formats. The first are the font buttons on the Formatting toolbar:

Make sure the tolls are visible by choosing View ? Toolbars and checking Formatting.

font formatting buttons Font Color button
Font Size Bold Italic Underline Color

There are keyboard shortcuts to apply font formats as well:

  • CTRL+B, I, U turn Bold, Italic, Underline on and off.
  • Ctrl+Space to reset all font formats in the selected text to the default font of the paragraph style. In other words, Ctrl+Space "strips off" all directly-applied font formats.
If you want to learn more keyboard shortcuts for font formats, click the Help button and search using the phrase: keyboard shortcuts.
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