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Windows programs offer plenty of handy features for working with fonts and applying them to text in your documents. So let's take a look at some of the font features in WordPad and Microsoft Word. We'll start with WordPad, the basic text editing program that comes with Windows. Have the wysiwyg font menu to select the font. And what I see in this menu is the contents of the fonts contreol panel. Minus any fonts that have been hidden. So if I go to the fonts control panel and I hide a font, say I'll select Cooper Black, and click on Hide, switch back to WordPad. And I'll look in the fonts menu. And sure enough, there's no Cooper Black. But it would appear here if I had applied it to some text before hiding the font.
Unfortunately, the ability to hide fonts in Windows doesn't extend to programs like Word. Down at the bottom of the font menu I can click on show more fonts and that takes me to the fonts control panel. Next, in word pad I have a menu to choose a size for my type or I can use the grow and shrink buttons, below there are controls to apply extra formatting. Like bold, italic, underlining, strike-through, subscript, superscript, highlighting and text color. Note that the buttons which apply the bold and italic don't necessarily apply formatting that comes from a real font on your computer. So if I select a font that doesn't really have bold or italic, like Broadway, I can still use these buttons and bold and italic are simulated. But, I might get some unexpected changes or missing font warnings if I tried to put this text in another program like Adobe InDesign, that doesn't support fake, bold and italic. To the right of these controls I have some paragraph level controls for indents. Bullets and numbered lists, alignment, line spacing, and I can show more controls in the paragraph dialogue box. Now let's switch over to Microsoft Word and take a quick look at the font formatting controls there. Here at the home tab, with my cursor and some text. I have a font menu, and it's divided into document theme fonts, recently used fonts and an alphabetical listing of all my fonts. I can preview any of these fonts applied to my text just by moving my cursor over them. With the text selected. But I have to actually click to apply the font here. Or, I could just move my cursor away, and keep the current formatting. When I hover over the Font menu, I get a little tip, that I can press Ctrl+Shift+F to pick a new font. So let's try that. This opens a font window where I get controls, then I can choose a font, font style, size, color. I can apply different underline styles. And I can apply effects like strikethroughs, superscripts, subscripts, small caps, and all caps. In the Advanced tab, I have controls for choosing character scaling and spacing. Things like kerning, ligatures, and other open type features. If I double-click to select some text in my document, I also get a convenient menu where I can apply a font and other formatting, as well as paragraph and character styles. Like with the font menus, you can preview any of the styles just by moving your cursor over them. And again, you have to actually click to apply the style or just move your cursor away to retain the current formatting. And I can also do the same with the style choices up in the toolbar. So just hover over them to preview or move your cursor away To leave your text as it is. So that's just a tiny sampling of what you can do to format text in Windows programs like WordPad and Microsoft Word. If you want to learn more, check out the courses on Windows and Microsoft Office here at Lynda.com.
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