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New Features in Word
Font Formatting
Applying Font Formatting
Paragraph Formatting
Applying Paragraph Formatting


Applying Font Formatting in Microsoft Word 2003

Applying Font formatting is the process of applying font styles, characteristics, colors, etc. to individual characters or groups of characters or words.

Applying Font Formatting

Font formatting is applied to selected characters or groups of characters. If no characters are selected and the specified font format will be applied to all characters typed at the insertion point.

Applying Bold Formatting - To apply a bold font style to the text that you have already typed, you should select the text and then apply the formatting. The bold style will appear immediately.

Word Bold Formatting

To apply a bold font style to text that you have not yet typed, place the insertion point where you will begin to type and then apply the bold style formatting and begin typing the text. The text you type will have the bold formatting applied. Turn off the bold formatting when you are ready to type normal text.

Word 2003 provides several ways of applying font formatting:

The Formatting Toolbar has buttons to apply font, size, some font styles, and font color formatting.

Word Formatting Toolbar

Word 2003 Formatting Toolbar

Shortcut keys enable you to apply some font formatting.

The Font dialog enables you to apply all kinds of font formatting. To bring up the Font dialog, you can highlight text, then right click your mouse button and a pop up window will appears. Click on Font and the Font dialogue will appear.

Font formatting

Apply Font Formatting from the Font Dialog

To apply font formatting with the Font dialog, choose Format > Font or press Ctrl-D. The Font dialogue window will appear providing many options for applying various font styles. There are three tabs across the top, one for Font Formatting, Character Spacing, and Text Effects. From this dialo you can do the following:

Choose Font: Select a font from the Font box.
Apply a Font Style to the text by choosing a style from the Font Style box.
Font Size can be selected from the Size box.

Font dialogue

The Font Dialogue Box

Font Colors can be selected from the Font Color drop down selection box.

Font color selection

Font Underline Styles and colors can be selected by choosing an underline style from the Underline Style drop down selection box. Colors may be applied to the underlines by choosing a color from the Underline Color selection box.

Underline Style and color box

Font Effects like strikethrough, shadow, outline, etc., can be selected by checking the appropriate boxes in the Effects area of the Font Dialog box. They can be previewed below in the Preview area.



  • It's usually easier and seems to take fewer clicks if you type your text first and then apply the formatting later.
  • The Preview area will display what the text will look like with the selected formatting applied.

Apply Font Formatting Using the Formatting Toolbar

Choose the font or font size that you want to apply to selected text by using the tools on the Formatting Toolbar. Click the Font or Font Size text box to select its contents. Click on the font style you want to apply.

Font Menu on Formatting Toolbar

To format text with color, select the Font Color menu on the formatting toolbar.

Font Color formatting on the Formatting Toolbar


Word Tutorials: Microsoft Word 2003

Improved Features in Word 2003
Font Formatting
Applying Font Formatting
Paragraph Formatting
Applying Paragraph Formatting

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