How to Change the Font in Word 2013

The most basic attribute of text in Word 2013 is its typeface, or font. The font sets up the way your text looks — its overall text style. Although deciding on a proper font may be agonizing (and, indeed, many graphic artists are paid well to choose just the right font), the task of selecting a font in Word is quite easy. It generally goes like this:

  1. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the down arrow to display the Font Face list.

    A menu of font options appears.

    The top part of the menu shows fonts associated with the document theme. The next section contains fonts you've chosen recently, which is handy for reusing fonts. The rest of the list, which can be quite long, shows all fonts in Windows that are available to Word.

  2. Scroll to the font you want.

    The fonts in the All Fonts part of the list are displayed in alphabetical order as well as in context (as they appear when printed).

  3. Click to select a font.

You can also use the Font menu to preview the look of fonts. Scroll through the list to see which fonts are available and how they may look. As you move the mouse over a font, any selected text in your document is visually updated to show how that text would look in that font. The text isn’t changed until you select the new font.

  • When no font is displayed in the Font group (the listing is blank), it means that more than one font is being used in the selected block of text.

  • You can quickly scroll to a specific part of the menu by typing the first letter of the font you need, such as T for Times New Roman.

  • Graphic designers prefer to use two fonts in a document — one for the text and one for headings and titles. Word is configured this way as well. The font you see with Body after its name is the current text, or body, font. The font marked as Heading is used for headings. These two fonts are part of the document theme.

  • Fonts are the responsibility of Windows, not Word. Thousands of fonts are available for Windows, and they work in all Windows applications.

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