9-Word 2010 Fundamentals - Character Formatting

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HI and welcome to our video tutorial series on Microsoft word 2010 In this video I want to start talking about some of the character formatting options inside of word Now, I’m on the home tab of the ribbon and you’re going to see that I have a font section This font section contains the commands that are most frequently used for modifying character formating For example, I could highlight office memo and I can change the font to something different, the size to something different. I can apply bold, italic, or underline items. Or I can do a combination of them, or I can turn them off I’m going to leave that bold You also have a couple buttons here that will progressively increment your font size up or down. That way you can see whats going on as you modify the font size Here we have an option to change case Sentence case capitalizes the first letter of a sentence, lower case will convert everything to lower case, upper case will make everything upper case, capitalize every word is usually called title case and then you have toggle case which will switch the the two I’m going to select upper case You also have other buttons here; I can change the color of the item so maybe i'm going to make this like a darker blue color There is the highlight tool, super script and sub script button for things like footnotes and atomic units. You also have strike through here You’ll notice some of these buttons have drop downs on them. Whenever you see a drop down you know you’re going to get a menu that will give you a list of choices Sometimes the drop down is easy to miss like on the underline button here I can select all sorts of options for different underlines.

I can choose the underline color and I can choose more underlines which will bring me to a dialog box Now obviously there are other character formatting options other than the ones you can see right here on these buttons You can get to those by going to the font section and clicking the icon in the lower right hand corner of the section. You’re going to see that when I point at it this tool tip comes up its telling you that when I click that or press control D it will show the font dialog box Here is the font dialog box that shows all of my different character formatting options If you are familiar with Microsoft word 2003 or older versions of Microsoft word this dialog box will be very familiar to you You will see here that I can change the font, style, and size. I can change the font color, set underline.

Once I set the underline style I can set the underline color And then you have some different special effects here. Strikethrough, you can see a preview in the box And double strikethrough, superscript and subscript Then you have some graphic effects here. Shadow, outline, emboss, and engrave. Emboss and engrave are very similar And then I have some case options here.

I can make things small caps or all caps Small caps is when the lower case letter appear as upper case but are smaller So I have a number of different options here. And you can always play around with options to see what they are going to look like down here If I don’t like what I’ve done the easiest way to get out of it is to click cancel and you’ll see that my text wasn’t affected I’m going to highlight that again and go back into my dialog box And now let’s look at the advanced tab The advanced tab will allow you to change the scale of the characters I’m going to select 200% and you’ll see that the scale, horizontal width of the characters was doubled there I’ll change it back to 100% you'll see it goes back to normal The spacing option will allow you to expand or condense the spacing in between your characters I’m going to select expand it and I can choose the amount. I’m going to say 3 pixels The position will allow you to raise and lower the base line of the text. The base line is sort of that invisible line that all the characters sit on So if you want the baseline to go up or down you can use the position option You can even adjust the spacing in between the character individually Most of these options I don’t recommend anyone use because it’s hard to use them and still have your text look professional But sometimes for things like titles changing the character spacing can help Again you always get a preview down here and if you don’t like what you’re seeing you can click cancel I’m going to click okay and you can whats happened to my title One final thing in the format font option I have set as default here What this will allow you to do is change the default font and style for all new documents Now word is set up that the default font is times new roman 12 point Let’s say you prefer to use Arial 11 point. I’m going to scroll up here and find that Arial font I’m going to change the size to 11 and make sure the color is always going to be black I’m going to click set as default and when I do that a warning is going to come up and it’s going to say do you want to set the default to Arial 11 point with font color black for just this document or all new documents I’m going to select all documents and click ok I’m going to select all documents and click ok You’ll see the default font changed in this document And now if I go to the file menu and select new and create a new blank documents and I begin typing you’ll see that the document now has the new font inside of it.

9-Word 2010 Fundamentals  - Character Formatting

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