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Get to know Word 2007 III: Make documents look great

Click Play to view an animation showing how to make text bold and change font color.

The press release announces the net income and price per share for Contoso Pharmaceuticals. You can call attention to this important information by adding emphasis with bold, italic, or underlined formatting. You do this by clicking a button or by using a simple keystroke.

Select the text you want to call attention to, and then on the Ribbon, on the Home tab, in the Font group, choose how to format the text. For example, click Bold Button image (you can do the same thing by pressing CTRL+B). This kind of formatting is especially handy when you want to change the format of just a few characters or words in the body of a document.

If you decide that bold doesn't look right, it's easy to undo. Immediately after you make the text bold, on the Quick Access Toolbar at the very top of the window, click the Undo Button image button. Or select the text and click Bold Button image again.

You can also change the font color to make the text stand out even more. Select the text, and then, on the Home tab, in the Font group, point to Font Color Button image. Click the arrow, and move the insertion point over the colors. You get a preview in the document of how each color will look. When you see a color you like, click it.

In the practice at the end of the lesson, you'll make text italic and underlined.

Click Play to see how to format text as bold and to change the font color.

Note that in the animation you'll see formatting marks: a dot Formatting mark dot between each word and sentence, and a paragraph mark Button image at the end of each paragraph. These marks help you see what's going on when you type. For example, they let you see if SPACEBAR was pressed more than once between words. You'll see how to show and hide formatting marks later on in the lesson.

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