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Formatting Your Word Document


Formatting is the addition or changing of attributes (bold, italics, underline), font type, font size, alignment, color, etc. Basically, changes from straight type that makes your document more attractive and presentable.

The rule to remember when formatting is to consider whether you are formatting white space (nothing has been typed yet) or pre-typed text. Pre-typed text must be highlighted/selected first.

When changing several formats at the same time, save yourself time by doing it through the Format menu and clicking on Font to access the Font dialog box.

Once into the Font dialog box, make any and all selected formatting changes.
To add effects, click on the box. To select a font style, scroll through the list, clicking on the desired font. Fonts will be previewed in the white box. Do the same for font size.
Underlining can be added or deleted by clicking on the down arrow to reveal the underlining options and clicking to select or deselect the choice of underline. The same holds true for selecting the color of the text using the color drop down list.

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