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Word 2003: Using the Formatting Toolbar

Word 2003: Using the Formatting Toolbar

Whenever you think about applying Bold or Italics to text, whether you know it or not, you’re actually considering Text (or Character) Formatting. In fact, many of the commands found on the Formatting toolbar are considered Text Formatting because each attribute can be applied to one character or a group of characters.

In addition to Text Formatting, there are also several commands known for the Paragraph Formatting characteristics. Commands that affect an entire paragraph such as alignment and numbering are considering Paragraph Formatting.

Figure 13. Formatting Toolbar

               

Command…

Function…

Style

 

Font Face

This drop-down list displays the fonts available on your computer. The default Microsoft Office 2003 font is Times New Roman.

Font Size

This drop-down list displays typical font sizes. The default Microsoft Office 2003 font size is 12. One font size point is equal to 1/72” tall. So, 72 point text will print 1” high. If you need a size not listed in this drop-down, you can click inside the box and type the size you want.

Bold

This command applies bold formatting to selected text.

Italic

This command applies italic formatting to selected text.

Underline

This command applies an underline to selected text.

Highlight Text

This command applies a color background to selected text.

Text Color

This command changes the color of selected text lettering.

 

               

Command…

Function…

Left Align

This command will align the selected text with the left margin.

Center Align

This command will align the selected text between the left and right margins.

Right Align

This command will align the selected text with the right margin.

Justify

This command will apply equal spacing between all words in a line so both the left and right edges align with both the left and right margins.

Line Spacing

This command will change paragraph spacing (such as single vs. double space) and gives you access to the Paragraph dialog box.

Numbering

This command will number a list of selected text.

Bullets

This command will create bullets for selected text.

Decrease Indent

This command will decrease the indent of selected text to the nearest [Tab] stop. Default tabs are set every .5”.

Increase Indent

This command will increase the indent of selected text to the nearest [Tab] stop. Default tabs are set every .5”.

Borders

This command adds borders to the edges of your selected text.

Highlight

Places a chosen highlight color behind selected text.

Font Color

Changes the color of selected text.