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Font Dialog Box in MS Word

Okay, so when working in MS Word, we all know about the usual toolbar / ribbon buttons and lists that allow us quick access to things like font type, size, bold, italics, underline, color, etc.

But, did you know that there are even more aspects of your fonts that can be manipulated?

There are things like character spacing and text effects to be explored, along with options like strikethrough text, superscripts, shadow, embossed text, engraved text and so on.

And… all of these things are available without create WordArt. These formatting options are for your everyday, run-of-the-mill text.

So, the question becomes: “Where are all these things? After all, I certainly don’t see them on the Formatting toolbar or the Home tab of the Ribbon.”

You’re right. You don’t see all the options on that toolbar or tab, you just see the most frequently used items.

So, for more options, you’ve got to go to the Font window.

One way to access the “extras” is to use the Format menu, Font choice (older versions of Word) or Home tab, Dialog Box Launcher button in the bottom right corner of the Font section (Word 2007).


A faster way would be to do a quick Ctrl + D (this one works for all versions of Word).

Here’s what you’ll get when you go to the Font dialog box:


As you can see there’s a lot more to your average text then you may have thought – and all of it’s available with a quick click or key combination!

~ April