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The Word 2010 Font section in the Home tab gives you features to change the font face, size, color, and style.
If you are creating the greeting card we already started open it now and highlight "Happy Birthday" by clicking and holding the left mouse button in front of the text and dragging it to the end and let go.
Now click the drop down arrow next to Time New Roman to change the text to a different style.
You can scroll through the different fonts by clicking the down arrow in the bottom right corner.
When you see a font you like click on it and your text will change. I choose Goudy stout.
Now we are going to change the size of our text. Highlight your text and click the dropdown arrow next to the number 12.
Click on the font size 20. You can also click on the large A with the up arrow next to it and increase the font one size at a time. The smaller A with the down arrow next to it will decrease the font one size at a time. This feature is useful if you are not sure how large or small you want your text to be or you don't know how large you can make text and still fit in the area you want.
Now I want everyone to hold down the ctrl key and press s. This will save the document. It is a good habit to get into. Use this often. There is nothing worse than losing a document you worked so hard on. It happens more often than not. I just spent over 2 hours on the phone with my mother-in-law trying to get a document back because she went to unplug a space heater and accidently unplugged the computer. It happens I can't stress enough use ctrl and the s key often!!
Moving on to the next button, the button with the Aa and an eraser. This button will undo all of the editing you have done on text and return it to the Times New Roman font and a font size of 12.
These 6 buttons are very useful and you will use them often. Try these buttons on your Happy Birthday text just to see what happens and if you like any of them you can keep them. Or when you are finished you can always click the button again to undo it.
Starting with the bold button, it will make selected text bold. The keyboard command for this is hold down the ctl button and press B.
The I button is italicize. Be careful with this one, with some fonts the italicize button makes it hard to read. The keyboard command for italicize is hold down the ctl button and press I.
The underline button can be used in 2 ways. If you just click the button or press ctrl U you will get a simple one line underline. Now click on the drop down arrow next to U. This will give you several options to choose from to get a fancier line.
The abc button with the line through the letters is used to strike through text. This can be very useful when you are editing a document and don't want to loose your original thought.
The two X buttons are subscript and superscript. These are used for fractions I use these frequently when making recipe cards. The subscript and superscript will sometimes automatically change numbers into fractions while you are typing.
The last button is the change case button. This button will let you change the case of your text. Highlight your Happy Birthday text and click the Aa button. You are able to select Sentence case, lowercase, UPPERCASE, Capitalize each word, or tOGGLE cASE. Click on UPPERCASE. I have found this tool very useful when I have accidentally hit the caps lock key and didn't realize it until I already had a sentence or two typed. Use this tool then you don't have to retype.
Now we will finish up the Font section with the last three buttons; text effects, highlight and font color.
These button's names speak for themselves. When you click the text effects button you will get a drop down menu with a preview of the different styles for you to choose from. Outline will bring up a submenu with a list of colors for you to select. Shadow, Reflection and Glow will also give you a preview of the different styles to apply to text.
Highlight button you will get a selection of colors to choose from. Select your color and you will get a cursor that looks like a highlighter marker. Click the left mouse button and drag it over the text you would like to highlight. It works just like a regular highlighter.
The font color button allows you to change the color of your text. Select the Happy Birthday Text and click on the Button. You will get a dropdown menu of colors with an option at the bottom More colors. If you select More colors you will get to create your own color using this window.
To create your own click the custom tab then click in the color box close to the color you would like and then drag the arrow next to the color line up or down to change the shade. Your new color will appear in the bottom right corner.
Once you have selected your color for your text click the OK button to apply the changes and return to your document.
This concludes the Word 2010 Font section of the Home tab tutorial.
Click next to continue to the Word 2010 Paragraph section of the Home tab tutorial.