Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Quickly Displaying the Font Dialog Box.

Quickly Displaying the Font Dialog Box

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 12, 2015)

If you want to quickly format some characters in your document, try this trick:

  1. Select the characters you want to format.
  2. Right-click on the selected characters. A Context menu appears.
  3. Select Font from the Context menu. Word displays the Font tab of the Font dialog box appears. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Font tab of the Font dialog box.

  5. Format your characters.
  6. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1212) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Quickly Displaying the Font Dialog Box.

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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