by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 26, 2018)
When you are applying formatting to various parts of your document, you may find it useful to actually see a sample of a font before you apply it. For instance, the drop-down font list on the Formatting toolbar can be very handy if the fonts names are displayed using the representative typeface, rather than just a simple listing of typeface names.
Beginning with Word 2000 you can control whether Word uses typefaces to show font names. You do this by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Options tab of the Customize dialog box.
If you check out the font drop-down list, you will notice that it now uses the various typefaces to display font names.
Remember that this feature is only available beginning with Word 2000. Regardless of the version of Word you are using, you can always use the Font dialog box to display what a font will look like. Simply select the text you want to format and then press Ctrl+D. The font dialog box is displayed, with the selected text appearing as the sample at the bottom of the dialog box. As you select different fonts in the dialog box you can easily see the effect it has on the selected text.
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