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Formatting Toolbar

Learn about each of the Microsoft Word Formatting Toolbar Icons. There is a practice quiz to test your learning.

Standard | Formatting | Drawing | Customize

The Formatting toolbar

This entire toolbar could become a floating window by double-clicking on the control bar at the far left end of this toolbar. That gives the following window, which can be placed anywhere on the screen:

This toolbar can be restored to its original position by clicking in the gray bar at the top and dragging it back to the top of the screen. Push the top of the window up to the bottom of the menu bar.

Function of commonly used buttons

Select the style to apply to paragraphs

Changes the font of the selected text

Changes the size of selected text and numbers

Makes selected text and numbers bold

Makes selected text and numbers italic

Underlines selected text and numbers

Aligns to the left with a ragged right margin

Centers the selected text

Aligns to the right with a ragged left margin

Aligns the selected text to both the left and right margins

Makes a numbered list or reverts back to normal

Add, or remove, bullets in a selected paragraph

Decreases the indent to the previous tab stop

Indents the selected paragraph to the next tab stop

Adds or removes a border around selected text or objects

Marks text so that it is highlighted and stands out

Formats the selected text with the color you click

Carefully review the function of each of the buttons above. When you think that you are familiar with each of the buttons take the short quiz below. (The Formatting toolbar has been included as a reference)

This quiz is available on a page without the table above



You wish to call attention to a statement in your document by making the text bold.
Which button do you select?


A flyer is to be prepared inviting parents to a performance. You want the headline to be centered on the page.
Which button do you select?


You want to make sure that your instructions are clear and plan to place them in a bulleted list.
Which button do you select?


To call attention to a block of text, you want place a block of color behind the text to highlight it.
Which button do you select?


Another way to call attention to a block of text is to place a border around it.
Which button do you select?


A quoted block of text has been indented. You wish to continue the document but you need to undo the indent.
Which button do you select?


You have made a birthday certificate and you want the student's name to be displayed in color.
Which button do you select?

Other toolbars

Standard | Formatting | Drawing | Customize
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