How to Enhance a Document Using Word

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Microsoft Word can help you create documents and enhance them according to your preferences. It offers a very large variety of formatting options that allow you to change the background, font and overall feel of the document through several color, font and style choices. You can also easily create tables and lists and incorporate images by importing them or dragging and dropping them to the document. You can enhance your document using Microsoft Word 2007 if you know what steps to follow.

  • Change the font style, size and color of the text in your document. Doing this allows you to achieve the "feel" that you want. To change the font, highlight the document and click the "Home" tab. Under the "Font" group, click the drop-down arrow for the list of fonts available. Here you can choose the font size and color you want. Click the drop-down arrow beside the "Font Color" icon.

  • Add bold text for emphasis. Highlight the text, then click the "B" icon under the "Font" group. To underline text, select the "U" icon. To italicize, click the "I" icon. Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts such as "Ctrl" + "B" for bold, "Ctrl" + "U" for underline and "Ctrl" + "I" for italicize.

  • Align text to the left, to the center or to the right. Highlight the document and press "Ctrl" + "L" to align to the left, "Ctrl" + "E" to align to the center and "Ctrl" + "R" to align to the right.

  • Insert tables, pictures, clip art, shapes and charts into your document. Click the "Insert" tab and select which one you want to add in the document. For tables, you can easily choose the number of columns or rows that you want. For pictures, browse through your documents and select the picture that you want. For clip art, use keywords to look for the art that you want and then select from the list of options. For charts, select from a list of ready-made templates.

Tips & Warnings

  • For business documents, some good font options include Times New Roman, Georgia, Arial and Verdana. For casual documents, you may prefer Tempus Sans ITC, Comic Sans MS and Kristen ITC.

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