Microsoft KB Archive/50172

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Enlarging and Shrinking Font Size Using Hot Keys


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


You can change the size of selected characters by using hot keys in Word for Windows. The font can be enlarged or reduced to any defined font size of the current font in the selected text. The printer driver currently in use determines the available sizes for the font.

Word version 6.0

The following quick Key combinations change the font:

Change the font size                                   CTRL+SHIFT+P
Increase the font size to the next available size      CTRL+SHIFT+>
Decrease the font size to the previous available size  CTRL+SHIFT+<
Increase the font size by 1 point                      CTRL+]
Decrease the font size by 1 point                      CTRL+[ 

Word version 1.x and 2.x

To increase the font size to the next larger defined size, press CTRL+F2. To decrease the font size to the next smaller defined size, press CTRL+SHIFT+F2. If no larger or smaller size is available and you attempt to increase or decrease the size, the font size remains the same.

For more information on fonts, see page 123 of the "Microsoft Word for Windows User's Reference."

Additional query words: 1.x 2.0 2.0a- word6 winword 6.0 winword2 CD

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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