This chapter shows how to add the kinds of finishing touches to your document to change it from ordinary to eye-catching.
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What You’ll Do
Format Text for Emphasis
Select Text with Similar Formatting
Set Formatting Options
Find and Replace Formatting
Find and Replace Custom Formatting
Change Paragraph Alignment
Change Line Spacing
Change Character Spacing
Set Paragraph Tabs
Set Paragraph Indents
Create Bulleted and Numbered Lists
Apply Borders and Shading
Once you type a document and get the content how you want it, the finishing touches can sometimes be the most important. An eye catching document will draw the reader in, while a boring font without a lot of extra details will draw the reader away from all your hard work. To create that interest, Microsoft Word can help you change your document for a fresh look. One of the first elements you can change is your font attributes. Applying bold, underline, or italics when appropriate, can emphasize text. You might find that having different font sizes in your document to denote various topics will also enhance your document.
You can change the kerning—the amount of space between each individual character, for a special effect on a title or other parts of text. You can also apply a dropped capital letter to introduce a body of text, add a shading or border onto your document.
Word has various tools to help you format your document. You can search and replace formatting effects, display rulers, change a paragraph alignment, set paragraph tabs and indents, and change your line spacing. There are times when typing a paragraph will not do your text justice. Creating a bulleted or numbered list might better show your information. To further enhance the appearance of the text in a paragraph, you can quickly add a border and shading to selected text. If you have confidential information in a document or text that you don’t want others to see, you can use a formatting option to hide the text.