How to Activate Kerning in MS Word


Kerning improves the appearance of text by removing sizable spaces between certain characters. As an example, "W" creates empty space between many characters; by moving them closer to the base of the W, it improves the visual flow of the text. Microsoft Word 2013/365 disables kerning by default, so fonts might appear choppy at times. Fortunately, it offers a Kerning option hidden within the Font Dialog, so you can quickly enable this aesthetic option.

Enabling Kerning for Fonts

  • Clicking the small arrow at the bottom right of the Home tab's Font group opens the Font dialog, but you can quickly open this dialog by pressing "Ctrl-D." The Kerning for Fonts option appears on the Advanced sub-tab and enables you to specify the minimum size before kerning is applied. For example, entering "12" in the field kerns all text 12 points in size or larger, but keeps smaller fonts kern-free. If you've already entered text, pressing "Ctrl-A" before selecting this option applies kerning to all existing text that meets font size requirements.

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