Home tab, Font group
Also floating toolbar

Font - Provides a list of all the available fonts (based on your current printer selection). (Ctrl + Shift + F).
Font Size - Lets you adjust the character size (based on your current font selection). (Ctrl + Shift + P).
Bold - Toggles bold on the current selection. (Ctrl + B).
Italic - Toggles italics on the current selection. (Ctrl + I).
Underline - Toggles underline on the current selection. (Ctrl + U).
Font Colour - Changes the colour of the font of the current selection.

If there is nothing selected then the current word is toggled with bold

Default Font

The default font is the one that is automatically used everytime you create a new document
This is originally Times New Roman - 10
Change the font options using the three tabs.
Select the Default button
A confirmation dialog box will be displayed, click "Yes" to confirm the changes, click "No" to Cancel

All fonts are measured in points and 72 points is equivalent to 1 inch.
Font sizes can be between 1 and 1638 points.
You can have fonts as large as 1,600+ points although not is all fonts. In order to format fonts that are this big you must use the (Format > Font) dialog box.

Fixed vs Proportional WIdth

Also called monospaced fonts or modern fonts
Fonts can either be fixed width or proportional width
This is a font whose characters are all the same width
Examples include Courier, Courier New, Lucida Console (used in Notepad)

Serif vs Sans Serif

There are two types of fonts:
Serif - Have "hooks" to their letters (e.g.Times, Times New Roman)
For printed documents, these are typically used for body text.

Sans Serif - Have plain edged letters (e.g. Arial, Helvetica)
For printed documents, these are typically used for headings

Documents that are viewed online often use the opposite type of font (i.e. serif fonts are used for headings and sans serif fonts for body text)

TrueType vs Type1

Type1 is a specification created and used by Adobe
Type1 are vector based
TrueType was created and used by Apple and Microsoft
All the fonts that are installed with Microsoft Office are truetype fonts.
Truetype fonts mean that the text appears on the screeen as it will be printed.
Truetype fonts are fonts that look exactly the same on the screen as they do when they are printed.
Using Truetype fonts makes documents more portable because they will look the same when printed on different printers.


OpenType was created by Microsoft as a successor to both Type1 and TrueType
OpenType fonts can be used on both PC and Mac ??

Font Names in their Fonts

The font drop-down list on the Formatting toolbar displays a list of all the fonts installed on your computer.
Selecting the font drop-down box will display the list of fonts displayed in their actual fonts.
The default is for this list to display each font as it will be formatted.
The icons on the left of the font names indicate if the font is a True Type font or a Screen font.

It is possible to change this drop-down list so it just lists all the fonts in Arial 10.
This can be changed from the (Tools > Customise)(Options tab).
When you select or clear this check box, the Font drop-down box will also be changed in Excel and PowerPoint as well.

Changing the Default Font

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