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Changing Font Size Using a Shortcut Key

One of the interesting shortcut keys in Word is the one that allows you to change the point size of a text selection. The shortcut key is Ctrl+Shift+P, but exactly how the shortcut functions depends on what you have displayed on the screen.

This may sound odd, but you can try it out. If you have the Formatting toolbar displayed (as most people do), then pressing Ctrl+Shift+P selects the Font Size control on the toolbar. You can then type the font size you want to use and press Enter. (Pretty handy if you don't want to take your hands off the keyboard.)

If you don't have the Formatting toolbar displayed for some reason, then it seems obvious that the Font Size control can't be selected—it isn't even visible. Instead, pressing Ctrl+Shift+P results in the Font dialog box being displayed, and the Size control being selected. Again, you can type the desired font size and simply press Enter.

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Comments for this tip:

muhammadyaqoob pakistani    22 Feb 2016, 11:24
ctrl+shif+p is very interesting key in which we can fine text size, colour , style, underline, subscript, and superscript.live long PAKISTAN
Nimish    15 Dec 2015, 09:11
ctrl+] to increase
ctrl+[ to decrease
can anyone tell me the shortcut of change font ....
Abhay Dixit     19 Jul 2015, 21:37
ctrl+shift+> shortcut is very useful to me thanks
PeterA    10 May 2015, 13:26
Pt 8 looks like pt 14
Can't reduce it any further
mac    15 Jan 2015, 04:10
use your mouse
yogendra    02 Jan 2015, 04:39
bala tauda    21 Jun 2014, 14:06
is help ful and i need more
MRossMac    26 Apr 2014, 12:00
Thanks. Never knew that!
Sam W    26 Apr 2014, 11:23
Or just the Ctrl+bracket keys ("[" or "]," usually next to "P")
MRossMac    26 Apr 2014, 05:28
If it's just a selection of text whose point-size you want to change, you can also use Shift-Ctrl in conjunction with the < (downsize) or > (increase size) keys.

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