Checking Fonts and Formatting in Word Documents

Checking Fonts and Formatting in Word Documents

How to access the Reveal Formatting dialog box in Word

Not sure which font or formatting you’ve applied to a document? No worries. Microsoft Word includes tools that can help you check the styles and formatting you’ve used within your page.

Simply use the Reveal Formatting task pane to view the formatting in blocks of text, paragraphs, spacing and more.

Using Word 2007/2010 to Check Fonts with Reveal Formatting

  1. Open the Word document you want to check.
  2. Select the “Home” tab and expand the “Styles” group.
  3. Click the “Style Inspector” button at the bottom of the “Styles” task pane.
  4. Click the “Reveal Formatting” button in the “Style Inspector” dialog box to open the “Reveal Formatting” task pane. By the way, you can also open the Reveal Formatting task page by using shortcut keys: Shift + F1
  5. Check the font and formatting used within your document by either clicking on the line you want to review or selecting the text. They are displayed in the task pane


Using Word 2003 to Check Fonts with Reveal Formatting

Style inspector dialog box

  1. Go to the document you want to check.
  2. Click on the “Styles and Formatting” button in the “Formatting” toolbar to open the “Styles and Formatting” task pane.
  3. Click on the drop-down list at the top of the task pane and select “Reveal Formatting.” The “Reveal Formatting” task pane should now be visible.
  4. Place your cursor on the line you want to check or select the text.
  5. Expand the “Font,” “Paragraph,” or “Section” groups. The font and formatting for the text will be displayed under “Font” in the task pane. The alignment, indentation and tabs will be displayed under “Paragraph.” The margins, layout and paper size will be displayed under “Section.”
Tip: You can also check the fonts you’ve used by clicking on the text you want to check. The font and formatting for the text will be displayed in the “Formatting” toolbar in Word 2003.

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