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Font Formatting in Microsoft Word 2003

Font formatting is sometimes referred to as character formatting. Formatting can be applied to individual characters of text. Word provides several options for doing this.


Font is the typeface used to display characters. Font sets the font family (or series of families) for the style. Browsers display text in the first font in the series that is installed on the user’s system. For compatibility with Internet Explorer 3.0, list a Windows font first. The font attribute is supported by both browsers.



Font Style refers to the appearance of the font characters. It can be applied as regular, italic, bold, or bold italic.

Font styles in Word

Font Size refers to the size of the characters expressed in points.

Font size in Word

Font color is the color applied to the text characters.

Font Colors in Word



Underline Styles are options that alloy you to apply a variety of underlines beneath the characters.

Underline styles in Word

Underline color is the color of the applied underline.

Underline colors in Word 2003

Font Effects formatting refers to special effects that change the appearance of characters. These options include strikethrough, double strikethrough, superscript, subscript, shadow, outline, emboss, engrave, small caps, all caps or hidden.

Font Effects in Word

Font Scale determines the horizontal size of font characters. Scale is specified as a percentage of the normal character width. It is set by specifying a percentage of the original size of the character.

Characters at 200% Scale
Characters at 150% Scale
Characters at 100% Scale
Characters at 75% Scale


Font Spacing determines the amount of space between each character of text. Spacing can be normal or it can be expanded and condensed by the number of points you specify.

Font spacing in Word 2003

Font Position determines whether text appears above or below the baseline. The position can be normal or can be raised or lowered by the number of point you specify.

Font Position in Word 2003

Kerning determines how certain combinations of letters fit together.


Animations are special animated effects that alter the appearance of font characters when viewed on screen. Text effects include animations such as Las Vegas Lights, Marching Black Ants, Marching Red Ants, Shimmer, Sparkle Text, and more.



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