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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Keyboard Shortcuts for Font Control in MS-Word

Ever wanted to change the font style or the size of the current font in MS-Word? Changing these attributes is not something just for sighted people, here are some keyboard commands that will help anyone who uses a screen reader.

First, let's address the font style.

To access the font type list, you'll need to use Ctrl + Shift + F. This will highlight the current font name in the list and it will allow you to have control over the list using the keyboard. You can scroll up and down with the arrows.

If you know the name of the font you're looking for, you can type in the name. But keep in mind, the spelling must be exactly correct and you must include the correct capital letters. If you know the name of the font, but not the correct spelling, you can just type the first letter of the name and it will take you to that part of the list. You can then use the arrow keys to find the correct font.

Whatever method you use to find the name of the font you're looking for, hit the Enter key when you're done.

Now, to move on to changing the font size.

To increase font size in increments, try Ctrl + Shift + > or Ctrl + ]. Decreasing the font size can be accomplished with Ctrl + Shift + < or Ctrl + [.

These methods work well and are very efficient. The key combinations using < and > will increase or decrease the font size, according to the sizes listed in the font size drop down list. The other combinations using [ and ] increase or decrease the font size one point at a time.

But, what about the times when you need to set a font like 14.5? (After all, who wants to be just like everyone else and use the regular font sizes? Let's be different!)

Use the key combination of Ctrl + Shift + P. This will highlight the current font size in the font size drop down list.

Now, all you have to do is type the font size you'd like and hit the Enter key. How cool is that!

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