Quickly Decreasing Point Size

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 16, 2017)

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Word for Windows provides a way to quickly decrease the point size of a selection. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text whose point size you want to decrease.
  2. Press Ctrl+[.

Every time you press 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 11.5 points), you must use the Font dialog box by choosing Font from the Format menu.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 2 + 9?

2012-11-23 07:40:47

awyatt

Those are simply for grammar purposes. You only need to press the Ctrl key and the left bracket ([) -- only those two keys.


2012-11-22 16:55:37

Lyn

Hi,Is that a full stop or a comma? You seem to have one of each?


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