How to Format in Word 2007

by Debbie McCusker

Formatting in Word 2007 has changed from previous versions. The basic icons located on the previous "Formatting" toolbar are located on the "Home" tab in Word 2007. Easily format in Word 2007 using the "Home" tab or the "Mini Toolbar."

Format Using the Home Tab

Open Microsoft Word 2007 by double-clicking the icon on your desktop. Or click on the "Start" button, hover to "Programs," then hover to "Microsoft Office" and select "Microsoft Word 2007."

Type the text for your document.

Highlight the text you want to format. You can highlight the text in many different ways. Double-click to select a single word. Click and drag the mouse to highlight as much text as you want. Move the mouse to the left margin and single-click to highlight a row of text, double-click to highlight an entire paragraph or triple-click to highlight the entire document. "Ctrl" plus "A" will select the entire document.

Click on the "Home" tab, if it's not already selected.

Click on any of the formatting options in the Home tab ribbon. Options include font size, font color, bold, italicize, paragraph alignment, indenting, bullets and numbering. Continue selecting text and using the "Font" and "Paragraph" areas under the Home tab to format text.

Format Using the Mini Toolbar

Follow Steps 1 through 3 above.

Right-click on the text to open the Mini Toolbar. Note: When selecting the text, the Mini Toolbar appears. If you do not hover the mouse to the Mini Toolbar, it will fade away. Right-click opens the Mini Toolbar above the right-click shortcut menu.

Click any of the formatting options on the Mini Toolbar. Options include font size, font style, bold, italicize, paragraph alignment and styles.

About the Author

Debbie McCusker, founder of GoAskDebbie, has been writing computer training manuals since 1990. Specializing in computer-related topics, she excels at simplifying even the most difficult subjects. McCusker holds a Bachelor of Science in hotel and restaurant management with a minor in computer programming from the University of Missouri.

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