When you have text in a document, you will probably need to format it. Learn how you can change the font and size and make other changes to your text, including aligning the text and marking it bold or underlined.
- [Instructor] I have a document opened here that is full of text, but it's just simple, unformatted text. This is what you get if you do nothing but type text into your document. Let's look at how to format some text. First, if you are working in the phone app, you'll need to switch to the edit mode. So I'm going to tap on the pencil in the toolbar at the top. Now we're in the editing mode. Then you should select the text that you want to format. I find it's easiest to double-tap on one word, then use the handles to expand the selection.
So now we need our text formatting tools, which means we need to work with the vertical ribbon here in the phone app. If you're using a tablet, the ribbons are in a row up at the top of the screen just like in the desktop application. But on the phone it's all compressed to the bottom of the screen. Now we have a few of the most common formatting options already visible here, so I could make the text bold using this button right here. But to get more options, we need that vertical ribbon. So I'm going to tap this arrow button. Now we see the ribbon, and we can make some other changes.
We can change the font. I'm going to change this to Ariel, and you see it changes the text that I have selected. And let's make that text much bigger, and we can see that change has been applied. Now to be clear, we are in the home ribbon, and it says that on the top left corner of the ribbon section. I can tap on that to open up this menu, and I can switch to a different ribbon. And we have the same ribbon options that would be in the tabs across the top of the screen on a tablet or a desktop computer.
Of course, there are plenty of other controls in the other ribbons, but we just want to focus on formatting text in this movie, so I want to make sure I go back to the home ribbon. And of course, there are more options if you scroll. There's an option here to clear formatting. There are options to add bullets or numbering to lists on your page. We can change the alignment of the text. Maybe I want to put this text on the center of the page. I can do that here. And you've got even more paragraph formatting options if you tap on this button here.
This is where you would go to set your spacing and stuff like that. And of course, you can always go back to the normal home ribbon by tapping the back button right here. Finally, I do want to point out styles, which also appear here in the home ribbon. These are pre-made settings that will apply several formatting changes at once. If you are working on a desktop computer, you could define the styles for your document. Here in the mobile app, you are limited to the styles that have already been defined. Or if you started from a template, it's the styles that come with that template.
Still, this is a great way to quickly format sections of your document and maintain some consistency. So for example, I want this line that I currently have selected to be a heading. So I'm going to choose the Heading One style, and that will quickly apply the style to my selected text, which overrides any other formatting that I've applied to that text. Now when you're finished formatting your text, you can tap this arrow button to close the ribbon, which will bring back the on-screen keyboard. Then you can tap outside of the selected text to deselect it, and then tap anywhere on your document to place your cursor and continue working from there.
And with that, you should be able to get your text formatted in a Word document.
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