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Applying font formatting


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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

with Maria Langer

Video: Applying font formatting

Word offers a number of ways to format font characters. Let's take a look at how you can apply font formatting using tools on Word's Ribbon and corresponding shortcut keys. Now, if it's not already showing, click the Home tab on the Ribbon to display it's options. These are the Home tab options. You'll see that the first groups of buttons and drop-down lists are labeled Font. That's these right in here. They allow you to apply font formatting to selected text. Now we are going to start by formatting the heading at the top of the document with a different font and size, and you can use these two menus here to do the trick.
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  1. 5m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Word processing basics
      3m 9s
    3. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 21m 53s
    1. Menus, shortcut keys, and toolbars
      3m 43s
    2. The Ribbon
      2m 32s
    3. The Toolbox and the Media Browser
      2m 27s
    4. The Sidebar
      1m 42s
    5. Document views
      5m 24s
    6. Navigating windows and documents
      6m 5s
  3. 13m 40s
    1. Using the Document Gallery
      4m 51s
    2. Creating documents
      1m 51s
    3. Opening, saving, and closing documents
      6m 58s
  4. 14m 20s
    1. Entering text
      5m 33s
    2. Inserting and deleting text
      2m 34s
    3. Using Click and Type to enter text
      3m 26s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      2m 47s
  5. 27m 28s
    1. Selecting and editing text
      6m 34s
    2. Copying and moving text
      7m 1s
    3. Using the Scrapbook
      4m 38s
    4. Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions
      4m 36s
    5. Finding and replacing text
      4m 39s
  6. 24m 50s
    1. Font formatting basics
      9m 0s
    2. Applying font formatting
      7m 12s
    3. Using the Font dialog
      4m 35s
    4. Formatting with the Find and Replace dialog
      4m 3s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Paragraph formatting basics
      9m 39s
    2. Setting justification and line spacing
      2m 17s
    3. Indenting paragraphs
      4m 37s
    4. Using list formats
      5m 41s
    5. Setting paragraph formatting options
      5m 4s
  8. 14m 33s
    1. Understanding tab tables
      4m 15s
    2. Creating a tab table with the Ruler
      5m 20s
    3. Creating a tab table with the Tabs dialog
      4m 58s
  9. 20m 31s
    1. Understanding styles and themes
      2m 36s
    2. Applying styles
      6m 32s
    3. Reformatting with Quick Style sets and themes
      2m 37s
    4. Modifying styles
      4m 28s
    5. Creating and deleting styles
      4m 18s
  10. 13m 22s
    1. Revealing formatting
      4m 24s
    2. Using the Format Painter
      1m 38s
    3. Creating drop caps
      3m 34s
    4. Using AutoFormat on text
      3m 46s
  11. 27m 29s
    1. Setting margins
      4m 3s
    2. Adding page and section breaks
      4m 54s
    3. Setting multiple columns
      8m 11s
    4. Varying page orientation within a document
      2m 43s
    5. Inserting page numbers
      2m 47s
    6. Adding watermarks and background images
      4m 51s
  12. 13m 39s
    1. Using built-in headers and footers
      5m 34s
    2. Manually creating headers and footers
      4m 0s
    3. Setting multiple headers and footers in a document
      4m 5s
  13. 18m 54s
    1. Creating a cell table
      3m 42s
    2. Entering and formatting table text
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying table structure
      5m 34s
    4. Using table styles
      2m 49s
    5. Converting between tab and cell tables
      2m 33s
  14. 18m 12s
    1. Adding borders to text and paragraphs
      5m 38s
    2. Adding borders to table cells
      3m 47s
    3. Setting page borders
      4m 13s
    4. Applying shading
      4m 34s
  15. 16m 56s
    1. Using the Media Browser to insert media
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting media from a file
      2m 36s
    3. Formatting images
      4m 30s
    4. Wrapping text around an image
      2m 27s
    5. Inserting and formatting a text box
      3m 59s
  16. 13m 17s
    1. Using AutoCorrect and AutoFormat As You Type
      9m 26s
    2. Using AutoText and AutoComplete
      3m 51s
  17. 17m 28s
    1. Building an outline
      4m 26s
    2. Rearranging outline components
      3m 39s
    3. Viewing outlines
      4m 9s
    4. Numbering outline headings
      5m 14s
  18. 26m 49s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      8m 19s
    2. Using reference tools
      4m 30s
    3. Inserting footnotes and endnotes
      6m 27s
    4. Using the Word Count feature
      2m 49s
    5. Compiling a table of contents
      4m 44s
  19. 17m 44s
    1. Adding comments
      2m 46s
    2. Tracking changes
      7m 45s
    3. Merging and comparing documents
      4m 28s
    4. Sharing documents with others
      2m 45s
  20. 18m 54s
    1. Using letter templates
      8m 5s
    2. Creating envelopes
      6m 23s
    3. Creating labels
      4m 26s
  21. 12m 36s
    1. Setting Document Security options
      9m 0s
    2. Using Privacy options
      3m 36s
  22. 14m 31s
    1. Setting Page Setup Options
      4m 12s
    2. Previewing a document
      2m 13s
    3. Printing to a printer
      4m 11s
    4. Printing to PDF
      3m 55s
  23. 11m 9s
    1. Using Word's Macro Recorder
      9m 18s
    2. Understanding macro security
      1m 51s
  24. 12m 28s
    1. Customizing toolbars and menus
      6m 0s
    2. Customizing Word's shortcut keys
      3m 38s
    3. Customizing the Ribbon
      2m 50s
  25. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training
7h 3m Beginner Oct 28, 2010

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In Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training, author Maria Langer shows how to create, format, and print a wide variety of documents in Microsoft Word 2011. The course covers building outlines, formatting text and pages, working with headers and footers, using themes and styles, adding multimedia, and more. It also shows how to customize and automate Word 2011, including how to record macros. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the interface
  • Using the Document Gallery
  • Inserting, deleting, moving, and copying text
  • Finding and replacing text
  • Undoing and repeating actions
  • Setting paragraph alignment, line spacing, and indentation
  • Working with cell and tab tables
  • Applying styles and themes
  • Adding headers and footers
  • Inserting images in a document
  • Building outlines
  • Tracking changes
  • Printing documents, envelopes, and labels
Subjects:
Business Word Processing
Software:
Office Word Word for Mac Office for Mac
Author:
Maria Langer

Applying font formatting

Word offers a number of ways to format font characters. Let's take a look at how you can apply font formatting using tools on Word's Ribbon and corresponding shortcut keys. Now, if it's not already showing, click the Home tab on the Ribbon to display it's options. These are the Home tab options. You'll see that the first groups of buttons and drop-down lists are labeled Font. That's these right in here. They allow you to apply font formatting to selected text. Now we are going to start by formatting the heading at the top of the document with a different font and size, and you can use these two menus here to do the trick.

First, you need to select the text you want to format. So I've clicked out here in the selection bar to select this entire first line. Now, you'd apply the font formatting. First, pull down the Font menu and you'll see a list of all the fonts that are available on your system and your system may differ from this one. You could scroll down and see all the fonts and there is really a lot of them in here. I should also point out that a lot of these have submenus where you could choose different versions of the same font. The font we are going to apply right now is called Academy Engraved LET.

So I'll select that and you could see that the text automatically changes. Now, we also want to change the size of this font. It's a heading, so we want it to be bigger. So, I am going to pull down this menu here for font size and I am going to choose from this menu 18 and that's going to make it a lot bigger. Now, because the Font and Font Size menus are drop-down lists you could also type directly into them. Suppose for example that you want to assign a font size of 25 for this particular text. If you look at the menu, that's just not on here.

Now, you can click in the text box at the top of the field and type in the number you want, 25, press Return and the size happens. Now, the next two buttons will increase or decrease the font size. The first one increases the font size. It's an arrow pointing up. If I click that, makes it bigger, keep making it bigger. The second one will decrease the font size and again I can click it multiple times and it will decrease it. Maybe I want to stop it around 22. Now, there is also a menu here to change the case of font characters.

Strictly speaking, this is not formatting since it's actually changing the characters that have been typed in. The options here are Sentence case, which the first letter be capitalized and the rest of them would not be. Lowercase makes all lowercase, UPPERCASE makes it all uppercase, Title Case makes the first letter of every word uppercase and the rest lowercase, and tOGGLE cASE reverses the cases. So a lowercase would become UPPERCASE and UPPERCASE would become lowercase. So, you can use this to quickly change the case of text characters.

On the second row we've got some style buttons. We've got Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, Superscript, and Subscript. Clicking each button toggles it on or off. So for example if I want to make something bold, it's already selected, click Bold and that turns on bold formatting. You notice that the button becomes a dark gray. Now, some options can be applied together. For example you can have text that's bold and italic. But other options are mutually exclusive.

For example, you can have text that's a Superscript and a Subscript at the same time. You can only have one or the other. I don't want either one. So I am going to turn that off. The Underline button is really a menu that you can use to choose the type of underline that you want. So, if I pull this down I can see the different underline options available to me. The underline that you select becomes the default underline when you click the button. So if I decide I want a dashed underline, from now on every time I click the Underline button in this document it's a dashed underline that I get.

If I change it again to something else, maybe a regular underline, now that becomes a default underline. Many of these options also have shortcut keys. For example Command+B for bold, Command+I for italic, Command+U for underline. I explained how you can create a table of word commands and their shortcut keys in the chapter about customizing Word. These next two buttons here change the font color and the font highlight color. You would click the button to apply the currently displayed color.

So I'll go back to this text here. The currently displayed color is black. So if I click it, nothing is going to happen. But I can use this menu to display a list of theme colors and standard colors and if I select a color here, maybe this dark green, it applies to the text. If I decided I want a color that's not shown here, I can click More Colors and that displays a standard Colors dialog using the Mac OS interface and you've got different color pickers, crayons, and the spectrum and other options that you can use to choose a color.

You'd just click the color you want to use to select it and click OK and it's applied. Now, that becomes the default color, so any other text that I select and click the Color button turns that color. Again, you can always change that. The highlight button is also a menu. It offers a lot fewer options. You could select the text you want to highlight, choose a color from it, it applies it to the text. If you want to go back to the way it was, select it again and then choose None and that removes the color from it.

The Text Effects button is really a menu and it lets you apply more advanced text effects to selected characters. If I click it, it displays as a menu and you can select different predefined options or use different menus and submenus on here to fine-tune the way it appears. So, let me select this to try it out. Go back in here. Let's try one of these predefined options. Maybe this one here and you could see it applied that formatting to it, which is actually pretty ugly. If I pull that down, I can choose a different option from there and if I want to fine-tune that, I could apply Glow for example to it.

It seems like no matter what I do it just makes it look worse and worse. While you might this a lot of fun, just remember my advice about using too much formatting in your documents. Text effects are best used sparingly and most often for documents designed as flyers or signs or things like that. The last button, the only one I haven't spoken about yet, is this one right here and that will get you out of trouble. It's Clear Formatting and whatever text is selected if you click that button it will remove the formatting from it.

So, if you make something really ugly and you can't figure out how to get out of it, just click this button to clear all the formatting out and you can start again. So, as you've seen here most formatting options are available on the Ribbon's Home tab. Use menus and buttons to apply formatting or toggle formatting options on or off. Remember, the changes you make apply to whatever text is selected. So, make sure you have the right text selected before you apply formatting changes. Next up, we'll look at what's available in the Font dialog.

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