OS X El Capitan: Format text in documents

Format text in documents

In many apps, you can format text by selecting fonts, font colors, font sizes, and more in the Fonts window. You can also format text by applying favorite styles, or styles used in a document.

Use fonts

  1. In a document, choose Format or Format > Font, then Show Fonts.

    If options for text underlining, color, and more aren’t shown at the top of the Fonts window, click the Action pop-up menu , then choose Show Effects. To preview options as you select them, choose Show Preview from the Action pop-up menu.

  2. Select the text you want to format, then do any of the following:

    • Change the font: Select a collection, family, or typeface (such as Bold). To search for a font, select All Fonts in the Collection column, then type the font name in the search field. If you don’t see the search field in the Fonts window, make the window wider.

    • Change the font size: Drag the slider or select a size in the list. If sizes aren’t shown, click the Action pop-up menu, choose Edit Sizes, then select Fixed List, Adjustable Slider, or both.

    • Change the font color: Click the Text Color button, then select a color in the Colors window.

    • Underline or strike through text: Click the Text Underline or Text Strikethrough button, then choose an option from the pop-up menu, such as Double. To change the line color, choose Color from the pop-up menu, then click a color.

    • Insert symbols and characters: Click the Action pop-up menu, choose Characters, then drag a symbol from the Character Viewer into your document.

    • Set typographic options: Click the Action pop-up menu, then choose Typography. If the selected font includes typography, select or deselect options.

To change the background color of a document, click the Document Color button, then select a color in the Colors window.

Use Font Book to install and manage fonts on your computer. To open it from the Fonts window, click the Action pop-up menu, then choose Manage Fonts.

Use styles

In a document, choose Format > Styles or Format > Font > Styles, then do any of the following in the Styles pane:

  • Apply a favorite style to selected text: Select Favorite Styles, choose a style from the pop-up menu that appears, then click Apply.

  • Apply a style used in the document: Select Document Styles, click the Forward or Back button until you see the style you want to use, then click Apply.

  • Save the style of selected text as a favorite: Click Add to Favorites, then type a name. If you want it to use the same font, spacing, and tabs as the selected text, select the checkboxes.

  • Search a document for text formatted with a style: Select Document Styles, click the Forward or Back button until you see the style you want to search for, then click Select. Set options to broaden or narrow your search, then click Select.

To format selected text in uppercase, lowercase, or mixed case, choose Edit > Transformations, then choose an option.

Published Date: Apr 13, 2016
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