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

In Microsoft Word a user can change the properties of any text. For example, changing the text's font, size, color, or making it bold, italic or underlining it. Below is a graphic illustration of the Microsoft Format bar and a description of each of the options on the toolbar. If you do not see a bar similar to the example below, click View, Toolbars, and make sure Formatting has a check next to it.

Microsoft Word toolbar

Changing font type

To change the font of text 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 on the format bar. Often, the default font is Times New Roman, as shown in the above example. 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.

If you do not have any text to highlight or want to type text in a different font, move the cursor to the location of where you want to new text, click the down arrow on the font option on the formatting toolbar and select the font you want to use.

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 the size of.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the size 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 select from. Some fonts may not scale properly so some fonts may only have a few size options and sometimes may only have one.

If you do not have any text to highlight or want to type text in a different size, move the cursor to the location of where you want to new text, click the down arrow on the size option on the formatting toolbar and select the size you want to use.

Changing font color

To change the font color of text within Microsoft Word, 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 as shown in the above example. Usually, the icon is letter A with a red underline.
  3. After clicking the down arrow for the color, select what color you want to make the text.

If you do not have any text to highlight or want to type text in a different color, move the cursor to the location of where you want to new text, click the down arrow on the font color option on the formatting toolbar and select the color you want to use.

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