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Choose Fonts and Font Sizes in Office 2010

Across all the Office programs, you can choose different fonts and font sizes for your work.

  • A font is a standard way of making each letter. (It’s also called a typeface.) The letters in this paragraph use the Times New Roman font.
  • The font size controls the height of the letters. The letters in this paragraph are size 11, which usually is a good size for documents in Microsoft Office.

The default font and size in Word is Calibri 11-point. If that isn’t what you want, you can choose a different font or size.

To choose a font or resize it, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text to affect.
  2. Open a drop-down list on the Home tab (in the Font group). You can select Font or Font Size.
  3. Make your selection.

The Font drop-down list contains a Theme Fonts section at the top. The fonts listed here are the fonts applied by the current theme. If you choose those fonts, rather than specific fonts from the lower part of the list, the fonts will update automatically when you change themes. (That’s a plus if you aren’t sure what look you want for the document.)

Word, Excel and PowerPoint all have Grow Font and Shrink Font buttons on the Home tab (Font group), immediately to the right of the Font Size drop-down list. As you might expect, the Grow Font button increases the font size each time you click it, and the Shrink Font button decreases the font size.

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