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

Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope
Note

This page is related to changing font attributes in Microsoft Word.
For fonts in HTML, see: How to change the font type, size, and color on a web page.
For fonts in Microsoft Excel, see: How to change the font color, size, or type in Excel.

In Microsoft Word, you can change the properties of any text, including font type, size, color, and make it bold, italic, or underlined (font style). The following illustration shows the formatting bar and a description of the tools it contains.

Microsoft Word toolbar

Tip

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

The font settings placement changed after Word 2003, with all the settings placed in the Font section on the Ribbon's Home tab. An example of the font settings in Word 2016 is pictured below.

Microsoft Word 2016 font settings

Select a link below to learn how to change font color, size, style, or type in Microsoft Word.

Changing font color

To change the font color in a Microsoft Word document, follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the color icon on the formatting bar or Ribbon. It is usually displayed as the letter "A" with a red underline.

Microsoft Word font color

  1. After clicking the down arrow, select a color for the text.
Note

If you do not highlight any text, the font color changes at the cursor's location as soon as you start typing.

Changing font size

To change the font size in a Microsoft Word document, follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Click the down arrow next to the size box on the formatting bar or Ribbon to enlarge or reduce the font size. The default font size is usually 11 or 12.

Microsoft Word font size

  1. After clicking the down arrow for the size, you see a list of predesignated sizes to select. Some fonts do not scale properly, so they may have limited size options.
  2. You can also change the font size by clicking and highlighting the current default size. In the picture above, the default is 11. Once highlighted, you can type in a number. For example, if you want to use font size 100, you can type in that number rather than choosing a preset number from the list.
Note

If you do not highlight any text, the font size changes at the cursor's location as soon as you start typing.

Changing font style

To change the font style, including bold, italic, and underline, in a Microsoft Word document, follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the text you want to change.
  2. Click the B, I, or U option on the formatting bar or Ribbon to change the text to bold, italic, or underlined.

Microsoft Word font style

  1. After clicking the B, I, or U option, the text changes to the selected font style.
Tip

You can select more than one font style for text. You can also select different types of underline styles by clicking the down arrow next to the U icon.

Note

If you do not highlight any text, the font style changes at the cursor's location as soon as you start typing.

Changing font type

To change the font type in 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 formatting bar or Ribbon. (If you want to change the font to bold, italic, or underlined, click the B, I, or U on the format bar.)

Microsoft Word font type

  1. After clicking the down arrow for the font, you can select from the installed fonts on your computer. Click the font you want to use and the highlighted text changes.
Note

If you do not highlight any text, the font type changes at the cursor's location as soon as you start typing.