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Stepping Through Common Point Sizes

When you use the Font Size pull-down list of the formatting toolbar, you can see a variety of common sizes which you can use with your text. You can quickly step through these common sizes by using the following steps:

  1. Select the text whose point size you want to affect.
  2. Press Shift+Ctrl+> to advance to the next larger common point size.
  3. Press Shift+Ctrl+< to advance to the next smaller common point size.

Every time you press Shift+Ctrl+> or Shift+Ctrl+<, the point size of the selection will decrease by one point. If you want more precise control over the point size (for instance, making something 15 points), you must use the Font dialog box by choosing Font from the Format menu.

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Comments for this tip:

Brian Primeau    02 Nov 2012, 12:49
I love this! I am frequently designing forms and sometimes need very small point sizes, but sizes below 8 points don't show up on the drop-down list. But with this tip I will be able to quickly ratchet down the point size to whatever I need without taking my hands off the keyboard!

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