Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Quickly Displaying Formatting Specs.

Quickly Displaying Formatting Specs

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 2, 2013)

There may be times when you want to quickly determine what the formatting is that is applied to either a character, paragraph, or selection of text. Word allows you to quickly view this information; all you need to do is select the text or place the insertion point within a word. Press Shift+F1 and the Reveal Formatting pane appears at the right side of the screen. This pane shows the formatting applied to the text you select in the main portion of the screen.

The interesting thing about the Reveal Formatting pane is that once it is displayed you can change your text selection or move the insertion point and Word updates what is shown in the pane. This means that you can use it to display, in real time, the detailed formatting for your text.

When you are done reviewing the information in the Reveal Formatting pane, you can close it just as you would any other pane.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7873) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Quickly Displaying Formatting Specs.

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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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