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Audio course: Get to know Word: Create your first document

Text font and color changed, and the Font dialog box

Fig. 1  The font in this document was changed from Century Gothic, 9 point, Gray-50%, to Bookman Old Style, 11 point, Ocean Blue.
Fig. 2  The Font dialog box.

Word automatically uses Times New Roman, 12 point, for text. But there are many other fonts and sizes that you can use.

You might want to embellish your document by using more than one font. Do take care if you do. Limit yourself to no more than two to three different fonts in a document. Using too many fonts can produce a cluttered-looking document that may be hard to read.

To change fonts, you select the text, and click a font name in the Font box Button image on the Formatting toolbar. Some common fonts are Arial, Book Antiqua, Bookman Old Style, Century Gothic, Garamond, Georgia, Tahoma, and Verdana.

If you want to change more than one aspect of the font at one time, such as the font type, the size, and the color, you can use the Font dialog box instead of the individual toolbar buttons. See Figure 2.

Say, for example, that you want to change the font, font size, and font color of the quote in the solar system paper.

On the Format menu, click Font. The Font dialog box opens. Look for options and make your changes in the Font, Size, and Font color boxes.

The Font dialog box is also where you would go if you want to select effects such as superscript or subscript.

Tip     In the Font dialog box you can also change the default font that is used each time you open Word. Once you select a font and font size, click the Default button in the lower left corner and then click OK.

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