Font Size, Character Spacing, and Kerning in Microsoft Office

Advanced Font Options in Word 2013
Advanced Font Options in Word 2013. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Font sizes and their surrounding white space can be adapted in Microsoft Office documents. You can find Character Spacing in Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher for Windows.

This is an aspect of document design that graphic designers and desktop publishers refer to as kerning.

When you customize a font beyond its default spacing, you can create a more polished look. Without this, your text may look just fine, but this is one of those finer details that take your document design to the next level.

Here's How

  1. Open a Microsoft Office program (Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, or Publisher).
  2. Font size can be changed by choosing popular numerical font sizes or typing in a custom value. Depending on your version of Office, find Font or the Font group on the File or Home tab or menu. The Font Size box should have a numerical value and an arrow for more options. Alternatively, type Ctrl - Shift - P.
  3. You may prefer the Increase Font and Decrease Font icons (these look like an 'A' with arrows over the top). These take the font size up or down by one value per click.
  4. Character Spacing is the area between each letter typed in a font. In the Font group, your version of Word might have a small More button at the lower right, or in older versions look for Format Font or Character Spacing. If you went the former route, click on the Advanced tab to see more options. You can choose specific numerical values or general settings such as 'Expanded'.

    Tips

    1. You may also see the Scale feature, which allows you to resize font according to a percentage of the original font size.
    2. You may also be interested in Ligatures.
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