Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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 the Font Dialog Box.

Quickly Displaying the Font Dialog Box

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 22, 2017)

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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 (10556) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Quickly Displaying the Font Dialog Box.

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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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2017-04-24 15:13:19

Allen

Ted, it works just fine for me in Word 2016.

-Allen


2017-04-24 14:56:54

Ted Duke

In Word 2016, this "Tip" does not directly apply. However; Crtl+Shift+F will display the Font dialog box at any time.


2017-04-24 10:05:31

Rodney Mitchal

I was wondering if there was perhaps a shortcut key that would immediately display the paragraph format dialog box?

Up until recently, I would use Alt + O, P but have inadvertently reconfigured the Alt + O Office Access Key and that keystroke combination no longer works for me and I have been unable to find out how to restore that particular Office Access Key.

Shift + F10 seems to work as an alternative method for the 2013 version of Word, but not for the 2010 version, which is what I use at the office.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Mitch


2017-04-24 08:40:53

Bob

I count 3 ways quicker in comments below than in the tip itself, but that is one of the beauties of this site; the useful comments! (especially when the tip itself falters)


2017-04-23 19:07:47

Nick Rea

For those who like to use Word's keyboard shortcuts - Ctrl Shift F or Ctrl Shift P brings up the same dialog box - with focus on the Font or Point Size items, respectively.


2017-04-22 13:44:20

daslondon

I have started finding the tips useful! But in this case I am wondering how formatting is quicker by right-clicking to get the context menu. Why not just go straight to the font group in the ribbon?


2017-04-22 08:32:35

Paul Stregevsky

in Word 2010 and 2013, this tip does not work when the selected text is inside a table.


2017-04-22 04:28:34

Vuong Viet

What about Ctrl+D shortcut key? Your method is more and more complex than Ctrl+D shortcut Key.


2017-04-22 04:26:21

Vuong Viet

What is nine more than 1?


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