Formatting Text

Format text to improve Word documents. Learn how to change the font, change font size, change font color, and change text alignment.

Using the Bold, Italics, and Underline features

Any text you type in Word can be further customized by using the bold, italicized, or underlined options. You can even do a combination of all three options.

To change the type style of text:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • Choose one or more of the following options (to stress emphasis, you might want to try using the bold option):
    • Click the Bold button on the Formatting toolbar, or hit Ctrl+B.
    • Click the Italic button on the Formatting toolbar, or hit Ctrl+I.
    • Click the Underline button on the Formatting toolbar, or hit Ctrl+U.
    • Word automatically displays your changes.

Font Options

To avoid frustration, remember to select text before you apply style. If you choose a type style without selecting any text, Word uses your chosen styles on whatever text you type next.

Font names

To select a font, you can scroll through the font list. The list shows you all fonts that are available on the computer you are using.

As you scroll through the many different font names, take notice of those fonts that have TT beside their name. These TrueType fonts will look the same on both the computer screen and when you print them on paper.