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How to Change Font Size in Word 2007

By Dan Gookin

Font size is considered a text format in Word 2007. You can choose the size of your text, from indecipherably small to monstrously huge. Text size is measured by the point, where one point is equal to 1/72 inch.

Here are some point pointers:

  • The bigger the point size, the larger the text.

  • Most text is either 10 or 12 points tall.

  • Headings are typically 14 to 24 points tall.

  • Most fonts can be sized from 1 point to 1,638 points. Point sizes smaller than 6 are generally too small for a human to read.

  • Seventy-two points is equal to 1-inch-high letters (roughly).

    Here’s how to adjust font size in your Word 2007 document:

  1. Click the Home tab to find the Font group.


    Just to the right of the Font box is the Size box, which shows the font size.


  2. Display the font size list.

    Select a font size from this list.
    Select a font size from this list.

    Clicking the down arrow displays a list of font sizes for your text.

  3. Preview the new text size.

    Point the mouse at an item on the font size list. The word under the insertion pointer, or a selected block of text, is updated on the screen to reflect the new size.

  4. Click to choose a size, or press Esc to cancel.

    The font size list shows only common text sizes. To set the text size to something not listed or to something specific, type that value into the Size box. For example, to set the font size to 11.5 points, click in the Size box and type 11.5.