12 Apply Character Formatting
When you want to make a point, you can format your text to modify the way it looks. Common character formatting styles are underline, boldface, and italicized text. Writer offers several additional character formats you can apply to your document's text.
Before You Begin
4 Type Text into a Document
5 Edit Text
One of the most common character formats you can apply is to change the
(loosely called a
in general discussions) in your document. The typeface determines the way your
look, whether artsy or elegant. Fonts have
, such as
Times New Roman
of a font is measured in
. As a standard rule of thumb, a 10- or 12-point size is standard and readable for most word-
13 Apply Paragraph Formatting
Although they're called
formats, you can easily apply them to multiple characters, paragraphs, and even complete documents as easily as to single characters. Writer applies character formats to any text you select.
As you type and move the insertion point, Writer displays the current font
and size on the Object bar, as well as whether the current character is boldfaced, italicized, or
. Writer also enables you to change the
of your text.
When using character formatting, express but don't impress. Too many different kinds of characters make your documents look busy and distract the reader from your message.
When you want to format characters, select the characters first. You can select a single character, an entire word, a
, a paragraph, or multiple paragraphs. However much text you select before applying a format is the text that will take on the character formatting you apply.
You can also apply a character format to text before you type it. Instead of selecting text first, pick a character format and then type the text. The text you type will have those character format attributes.
” A character design that determines the size and style of how your characters look.
” Loosely used as another name for typeface.
” Approximately 1/72nd of an inch.
Choose a Format
Click either the
button on the
toolbar to apply that format. You can click two or all three to combine the character styles.
are all shortcut keys to apply boldface, italics, and underlining.
Select a Font
To change a selected text's font (or text that you're about to type), click the drop-down arrow to the right of the
box and select a new font. Each font name appears in its own font, so you'll know what your text will look like before you apply the format. After you select a new font, your selected text will change to that font.
Change the Point Size
To choose a new point size for the selected text, click the drop-down arrow to the right of the
list. When you click to select a size, your selected font will change to that size.
Apply a New Color
To change the color of selected text (or text you're about the type), long-click the
button on the
appears. Click a color on the palette to change your selected text to that color.
” A collection of colors from which you can choose.
Display the Character Dialog Box
Instead of using the
toolbar to apply character formats, you can set such formats in the
dialog box. Display the
dialog box by selecting
from the menu bar.
page enables you to select common character formats such as the font name, bold, italics, and the size. The
page offers more options, including underlining, color selection, and special effects such as a shadow and blinking text. The
page enables you to select a subscript or superscript version of your font as well as rotate your text so it
up and down the page instead of across it.
page enables you to add a link to a Web page or a filename to your text. Web pages often use such
page enables you to set a background color for your text.
90 degrees in the
page works well in some letterheads, for titles, or as a sidebar that travels down the length of your page.