Enhance Characters: MS Word

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Although it's very easy to apply the previous font formats by clicking items on the Formatting toolbar in MS Word, many other options are available in the Font dialog box.

Here you can change characters to superscript, subscript, outline, or embosses, choose from a variety of underlining styles, et cetera.

Other tabs of the dialog box allow you to control the spacing of letters -- either squeezed together or stretched out -- as well as to add special effects such as a sparkle.

These formatting options are used much less often, so they don't need to be placed on the toolbar. Nevertheless, you will use them in your documents from time to time.

  1. Select the text that will receive the formatting.
  2. Choose Format | Font, or right-click and then click Font from the shortcut menu.
  3. Click the Font tab if necessary.
  4. In the Font dialog box, choose the format or formats you want to apply. Note that you can change the font, font size, font style (bold and italic) and font color here as well as on the Formatting toolbar.
  5. Preview the effect in the Preview box of the dialog box.
  6. When you are satisfied, click OK.

Selected text appears on the screen with all the formats you chose in the dialog box.

Click here to see examples of all the formatting choices available.

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