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, size, color, or making it bold, italic or underlining it. The following image is a graphic illustration of the Microsoft Format bar as well as a description of each of the tools contained within it. 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 will change as soon as you resume typing; directly after where your cursor currently rests.

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 resume typing; directly after where your cursor currently rests.

Changing font color

To change the font color, follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change the size of.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the color icon; usually displayed as a letter "A" with a red underline, as shown in the example.
  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 resume typing; directly after where your cursor currently rests.

Additional information