How do I change the font color, size, or type in Word?

In Microsoft Word, a user can change the properties of any text including font type, size, color, as well as making it bold, italic or underlined. The following picture is a graphic illustration of the Microsoft Format bar, as well as a description of each of the tools contained within it.

Tip: In Word 2003 or earlier, if you do not see this bar when you open Word, click View, then Toolbars, and make sure Formatting has a check next to it.

Microsoft Word toolbar

Changing font type

To change the a text's font within a Microsoft Word document, follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the font field on the format bar. (If you want to change the font to bold, italic, or underlined, click on the B, I, or U on the format bar.)
  3. After clicking the down arrow for the font, you should be able to select from each of the installed fonts on your computer. Click the font you want to use and the highlighted text will change.

Note: If you do not highlight any text, the font type will change as soon as you type new text.

Changing font size

To change the font size of text within Microsoft Word, follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the size box on the format bar. Often, the default size is 12, as shown in the above example.
  3. After clicking the down arrow for the font, you should have a selection of different sizes to choose. Some fonts may not scale properly, so they may have limited size options.

Note: If you do not highlight any text, the font size will change as soon as you type new text.

Changing font color

To change the font color, follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the color icon. It is usually displayed as the letter "A" with a red underline, as shown in the example above.
  3. After clicking the down arrow for the color, select what color you want to make the text.

Note: If you do not highlight any text, the font color will change as soon as you type new text.

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