Word 2019/365: Character formatting

Updated 2019-10-21

Objectives

·        Learn how to change font characteristics in Word, including the font name, font style, font size, font color, and font background (shading) color.

Common formatting commands

To format individual words, phrases, etc., first select the text to be formatted. Then apply the appropriate command from the list below. All of the following are on the Home tab in the Font group.

Formatting Effect

Keyboard shortcut

Toolbar Button

Change font name

None

Bold

<Ctrl>+B

Italic

<Ctrl>+I

Underline

<Ctrl>+U

Increase text size

<Ctrl>+]

Decrease text size

<Ctrl>+[

Change font color

None

Click on the down-arrow and select the desired font color

Change background/fill/shading color

None

Highlight the text

None

Click on the down-arrow and select the desired shading color.

Other character formatting options (that are not on the ribbons)

Select all of the characters whose appearance you want to change. Then:

·        Then click on the Home tab.

·        In the lower right corner of the Font group, click on the "dialog box expander" (the little arrow in the lower right corner of the box):

The following will appear:

·        Font tab: You can change font name, font style, font size, color, underline style, effects

·        Advanced tab: lets you change character spacing (not needed often)