Over the years, I’ve run into a couple of different keyboard shortcuts for changing font sizes and I thought it might be of interest to my readers who love a good keyboard shortcut.
To be exact, I have two different sets of key combinations for increasing and decreasing font size in various MS Office programs. (For the record, I was able to make this trick work in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Publisher. Sorry… I couldn’t get it to work in Excel.)
This first set will increase or decrease font by the increments listed in the font size list on the toolbar/Ribbon.
Ctrl + Shift + > will increase the font to the next size in the drop down list.
Ctrl + Shift + < will decrease the font to the previous size in the drop down list.
Another set of key combinations will increase or decrease font size, one point at a time.
Ctrl + ] will increase font size by one point.
Ctrl + [ will decrease font size by one point.
This is one of those things that can be used by carefully pressing the keys one increment at a time or you could just “go crazy” and hold the keys down, letting the font size rapidly change until your desired size.
Also, I should mention that you can use this to set the font size before you start typing or on text you’ve already typed and highlighted.
Combine this with keyboard highlighting (using the Shift key with directional keys, such as the arrows) and you’ve got some quick and easy mouseless font sizing right at your fingertips!