Formatting Text

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


Sometimes you may find that you need to add a symbol to your text, such as the Copyright symbol ©. Word offers a collection of symbols for currency, languages, mathematics, and more.

Screenshot of Word 2013Symbols collection

To insert a symbol:

  1. Place the insertion point in the location where you want to insert a symbol.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Placing the insertion point
  2. On the Insert tab, click the Symbol drop-down arrow. A menu of symbols will appear.
  3. Select the desired symbol.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a symbol
  4. The symbol will appear in your document.

    Screenshot of Word 2013The inserted symbol

If you don't see the symbol you're looking for, click More Symbols... to open the Symbol dialog box. Locate and select the desired symbol, then click Insert.

Screenshot of Word 2013Symbol dialog box