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Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 Step by Step by Joan Lambert, Curtis Frye, Joyce Cox

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Manually Changing the Look of Characters

When you type text in a document, it is displayed in a particular font. Each font consists of 256 alphabetic characters, numbers, and symbols that share a common design. By default the font used for text in a new Word document is Calibri, but you can change the font at any time. The available fonts vary from one computer to another, depending on the programs installed. Common fonts include Arial, Verdana, and Times New Roman.

You can vary the look of a font by changing the following attributes:

  • Almost every font comes in a range of font sizes, which are measured in points from the top of letters that have parts that stick up (ascenders), such as h, to the bottom of letters that have parts that drop down (descenders), ...

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