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Edit and format a document

You can edit the text, paragraphs, spacing, and more using the toolbar in a document.
Change text

Change text

If you want to edit your text, there are a number of options in the toolbar. Select any text you want to change and then choose from the following options:

  • Bold
  • Italicize
  • Underline
  • Font (shows current font)
  • Font size (shows current size)
  • Change text color 
  • Change highlight color

Change font style

To change the style of font you're using, or to create a header:

  1. Open a document and select the text you want to change.
  2. Click Format > Paragraph styles.
  3. Choose a font or header style for the selected text.
  4. Click Apply [style].

You can also change how a style appears in a document. Select the text with the style you want copied, and click Format > Paragraph Styles > Update [style] to match.

Change paragraph spacing & alignment

You can edit the alignment of paragraphs and line spacing in a document.

Change line spacing

  1. Open a document and select the lines you want to change.
  2. In the toolbar, click Line spacing .
  3. Select an option from the menu. To choose a custom value for spacing, click Custom spacing.

Note: You can also add space before or after a paragraph from the menu.

Change paragraph alignment

  1. Open a document and select the paragraph you want to change.
  2. In the toolbar, choose one of the alignment options:
    • Left align
    • Center align
    • Right align Right align
    • Justify

 

Select and edit all text with the same formatting

You can quickly make changes to all text with the same formatting.

  1. Open a document and select text that you want to change.
  2. Right-click and choose Select all matching text.
  3. All text with the same formatting will be selected. You can now change the formatting for the selected text.

The types of formatting that are recognized as matching include:

  • Font

  • Font size, color, or weight

  • Bolded text

  • Italicized text

  • Underlined text

  • Strikethrough text

 

 

 

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