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Shortcut to Increase/Decrease Text Size in MS Word - Windows Tip

How about increasing/decreasing the font size in MS Word using your keyboard? I don't really know whether this will increase your productivity by leaps, but anyway this is a pretty useful tip to know.

Before you use the shortcut, you got to select the text in the document for which the font size needs to be changed.
The shortcut key is Ctrl + [ (the left square bracket which is near the P key in a QWERTY keyboard) to reduce the font size and Ctrl + ] to increase the size.
Every time you hit this key combination, the font size changes by one point.

I have only tested this with MS Word 2003 and it works fine. This should also work in MS Powerpoint and MS Outlook.

Source: My mom! Yeah, she knows to use MS Word better than me..

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on November 19, 2007 at 8:44 PM  
thanks! really helpful!
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on May 1, 2009 at 4:59 AM  
you can use CTRL+SHIFT+ > or < too
thanks for the post........
It is working great.
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on April 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM  
for Word 2008 for Mac it's Command+Shift+> or Command+Shift+<