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    Formatting: Words

You can format individual words and phrases separately from the formatting you applied to paragraphs.

Flyer after formatting paragraphs Flyer after formatting words (Word 2010)

Flyer before and after this lesson - words formatted

You can save your formatting choices as a style which will be listed in the Styles gallery, but we will wait awhile to learn how to do that. 

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Step-by-Step: Format Words

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What you will learn: to select single words and phrases
to format selection with the ribbon and the Mini-Toolbar
to use Format Painter
to use AutoFormat on a selection
to use AutoFormat on a whole document and review changes
to open a recent document from inside Word

Start with:Icon: Class storage device flyer-World Travel Inc-Lastname-Firstname.docx

Select a Single Word: Double-Click

  1. Tahiti is highlighted to show that it is selectedPoint to the word  Tahiti  and double-click it.
    The word and the space following it are selected and the Mini-Toolbar appears.

Format Words: Font Color Gallery

The gallery of colors is the same whether you open it from the Font Color button on the ribbon or in the Mini-Toolbar.

  1. Font Color gallery: Dark Red (Word 2010)While Tahiti is still selected, click the arrow at the right of the Font Color button to open the gallery of colors.
  2. Click on the color Dark Red in the Standard Colors.
    The selected text changes color.
    The Font Color button now shows dark red color across the bottom. Button: Font Color - Dark Red (Word 2010)
  3. Click somewhere else in the document to remove the highlighting.

    Wasn't that easy?

Format Words: Select by Dragging and Font Color Button

  1. Position the cursor at the beginning of the phrase  New Zealand .
  2. Select the words "New Zealand" by dragging to the right of the last letter.

    Sometimes it is easier to start at the right end of a phrase and drag left. It is easy to pick up an extra space, word or line if you aren't very precise in your dragging motion.

  3. Click on the Font Color button Button: Font Color - Dark Red (Word 2010), which is now showing dark red on the button.
    Dark red color is applied to the selected words. Simple!

Format Words: Format Painter

  1. Using Format Painter to apply formatting to a selected phraseWhile New Zealand is still selected, on the Home tab in the Clipboard group, click on Button: Format Painter (Word 2010) the Format Painter button. This copies the formatting of the selected text and changes the pointer shape to Format Painter shape a paint brush with I-beam.
  2. Drag across the phrase  Sail around the world  and release the mouse button to apply the same formatting to it.
  3. Icon: Class storage device Save.
    [flyer-World Travel Inc-Lastname-Firstname.docx]

Format Words: AutoFormat Selection

Recall that in the AutoCorrect dialog there were two similar tabs: AutoFormat and AutoFormat As You Type. In the last lesson you turned off the feature to automatically superscript things like 1st into 1st.

  1. Open the AutoCorrect dialog. 
      Office button or File tab  >  Word Options  >  Proofing  >  Autocorrect  
  2. Check the  AutoFormat  tab and the AutoFormat As You Type  tab .
    Be sure that Ordinals (1st) with superscript is checked in the AutoFormat tab and unchecked in AutoFormat As You Type. You made that change in the previous lesson.

    Dialog: AutoCorrect - AutoFormat tab - superscript on Dialog: AutoCorrect - AutoFormat As You Type tab - superscript off 

  3. Click on OK to close the AutoCorrect dialog and on OK again to close the Word Options dialog.
  4. Select the word  10th  in line 8.
  5. Dialog: AutoFormat (Word 2010)On the Quick Access Toolbar click the AutoFormat button Button: AutoFormat that you added to the toolbar in an earlier lesson.
    The AutoFormat dialog opens with the choice selected that was used last.

    AutoFormat Now applies the settings from the AutoFormat tab of the AutoCorrect dialog to your selected text.

    The other choice lets you review each suggested change and accept or reject it. This is a better choice if you are trying to apply AutoFormat to a whole document or a large amount of text where there might be several changes.

  6. Click on OK.
     10th turns into 10th and the dialog closes.
  7. Icon: Class storage device Save.
    [flyer-World Travel Inc-Lastname-Firstname.docx]

AutoFormat: Document

For long documents that use heading styles, AutoFormat can help a lot. For short documents like this flyer, not so much!

  1. Use the key combo CTRL + HOME key to move the cursor to the top left of the document.
    Nothing should be selected.
  2. Dialog: AutoFormat - review each change (Word 2010)Click the AutoFormat Dialog button on the Quick Access Toolbar again.
    The dialog opens.
  3. Click on AutoFormat and review each change to change the selection.
  4. Click the down arrow at the right of the text box to see the choices for type of document. Word can automatically format a letter or an email in addition to a general document.
    Leave the choice as 'General document'.
    Dialog: AutoFormat - types of documents (Word 2010)

  5. Dialog: AutoFormat - Review Changes (Word 2010)Click on OK. You will see another dialog about AutoFormat.
  6. Click on the button Review Changes...
    Wow! This looks different! The document has review bubbles with the changes that AutoFormat suggests.
    What a lot of changes. Do we want all of these?? Word does not seem to have done a particularly good job on this document, perhaps because it is so short and has very few actual sentences.

    You can look at each revision AutoFormat came up with. You can accept or reject any or all of them.

    Icon: Trouble Problem: Review dialog is on top on the bubbles
    : Drag the dialog by its title bar to a new position.

    Icon: Trouble Problem: Review dialog vanished
    It is hiding underneath the Word window.
    Solution: Minimize Word and then click on the Word icon on the Taskbar to make it appear again.

  7. Inspect the text bubbles that show the changes.

    Document marked with AutoFormat changes (Word 2010)

    A dotted line connects the explanation to the spot that was changed. Red borders and red dotted lines mark something that was deleted.  Some locations have more than one change.

  8. Click on the first bubble, Formatted: Font: Bold
     Text highlighted for the current change under review (Word 2010)
    The location that was changed is highlighted and the line to it from the bubble is now solid instead of dotted.  

    The bubble says "Formatted: Font: Bold" but the dialog says only "Performed a normal edit". So the bubble tells you more.

  9. Click on Find forward Button: Find in AutoFormat (Word 2010) to go to the next bubble.
    Read each bubble and compare to what the dialog says.

    The third change highlights the paragraph mark at the end of the sentence, but does not have a solid line anywhere.

    Paragraph marks are formatted to show the underlying paragraph style so the previous change is what actually changed the look of this symbol.

    Did you notice that the change you made earlier to 10th is not mentioned in this list. This is different from earlier versions of Word.

  10. Continue advancing through each of the formatting changes by clicking Button: Find in AutoFormat (Word 2010) the Find button.
    Watch how the lines change and exactly what styles or formatting was applied and what was deleted.
  11. Message: You have reached the end of the document.When you have reached the end of the list, a message box appears.
  12. Message: Word found no tracked changed (Word 2010)Click on No since you started from the beginning of the document.
    Another message may appeas: Word found no tracked changes.
    This just means that from the last change, there are no more changes. Well, duh! We are at the end of the document!
  13. Click on OK.
    The message closes.
  14. Dialog: AutoFormat - Reject All button (Word 2010)Click on the Cancel button to quit checking on individual changes.
    We are back to the AutoFormat dialog with the Accept All and Reject All choices.
  15. Click on the button Reject All to reject all of the revisions.
    We will delete some blank lines later, but the rest of the changes are not good for this document.
  16. Icon: Class storage deviceSave.
    [flyer-World Travel Inc-Lastname-Firstname.docx]
  17. Flyer after Formatting Words (Word 2010)Use the Close command on the Office menu or File tab to close the document, but not Word itself.

TipSelecting carefully: Sometimes you want to include in your selection the space or period or paragraph mark at the end of your selection and sometimes you don't! You must look carefully to see what you've caught with your selecting.

TipParagraph marks are formatted: Look at the paragraph marks in your flyer. They are different depending on the font and styling. The formatting of the paragraph mark is applied to the bullets and numbers in automatic lists. You can't select the bullet itself or the numbers. It can be quite infuriating when the formatting is wrong and you forget this.

Open a Recent Document from Inside Word

Start with: Blank Word document no document or a blank document

  1.  Icon: Word 2007 Word 2007: Click on the Office buttonButton: Office (Word 2007).
    The menu drops and shows recent documents at the right.

     Icon: Word 2010 Icon: Word 2013 Icon: Word 2016 Word 2010, 2013, 2016: Click on the File tab.
    The Backstage View pane opens to the Open command, which shows places and Recent Documents. That's because you had a blank document open. Your flyer should be the most recent document.

  2. Click on your file flyer-World Travel Inc-Lastname-Firstname.docx
    The document opens. If you had a blank document open, it closes.