How to Find Word 2010's Paragraph Formatting Commands - dummies

How to Find Word 2010’s Paragraph Formatting Commands

By Dan Gookin

Word 2010 provides ample tools for formatting paragraphs of text. There’s a simple way, for example, to automatically indent the first line of a paragraph. Word gathered some of the most popular paragraph-formatting commands into the Paragraph group, found on the Home tab. This figure illustrates the Paragraph group, although Word may show a different arrangement of the command buttons, depending on your Word window’s width.


In an odd twist, indenting and paragraph spacing are found in another Paragraph group, this one on the Page Layout tab.


Because many of the paragraph-formatting commands require you to enter values, there also exists a Paragraph dialog box. In it, you find some finer controls that the command buttons just don’t offer.


To summon the Paragraph dialog box, click the Dialog Box Launcher button, found in the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group. Or you can use the forgettable keyboard shortcut Alt+H, P, G. Click the Cancel button or press the Esc key to dismiss the Paragraph dialog box.

The Mini toolbar, which shows up after you select text, also contains a smattering of paragraph-formatting buttons.

Some folks like to see the Enter key symbol (¶) in their documents, visually marking the end of each paragraph:

  1. Choose the Options command from the File tab menu.

  2. Click Display on the left side of the Word Options dialog box.

  3. On the right side, put a check mark by Paragraph Marks.

  4. Click OK.

    Now, every time you press the Enter key, a ¶ symbol appears at the end of the paragraph.