Change the Font Size in Microsoft Word

Tip:

When you are presenting in front of a group, sometimes you have to increase the font size quickly so the people in the back can see the text.

Change the Text

  • Select the text. Then, using the formatting toolbar or palette, increase the point size of the font.
  • To quickly increase the size of the font, highlight the word, phrase, or sentence, and click Control + Shift + >
  • To quickly decrease the size of the font, highlight the word, phrase, or sentence, and click Control + Shift + <

Change the Document

  • Open the formatting toolbar or palette, and go to the Zoom pull-down menu.
  • Select 150%-200%.

Ask the people in the back of the room if they can see the text. If not, zoom in more, or try this from Patricia Bailey:

“I also use the Ctrl + Shift + >, and I also use it when I want to increase everything on a page. Let's say a document was created that may be just a bit small for the page and was created with 2 or 3 point sizes. This is what I do:

  • Ctrl + A to highlight the whole page
  • Then: Ctrl + Shift + > to increase everything on the page just a bit. All the various point sizes move up a notch.”

Judy Curtis shared another way for PC users to increase or decrease point size in an Email, on a Web page, or in a Word document (this also works in Excel). Try this:

  • “hold down control and use the scroll wheel (if you have one) on your mouse to increase or decrease the font size. Scrolling up increases and scrolling down decreases.”

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

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