Word Format Check

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

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Q. Boy, am I sorry I gave up that old copy of WordPerfect. At least I could figure out the underlying text formats and then change them in any way I wished. Is there a way to do that in Word?

A. Sorry, Word is not as accommodating in that department. But Word will tell you exactly how text is formatted, and then, using its formatting functions, you can make the changes you want. To uncover how text is formatted, click on Help and What’s This? Then, click on any text to generate an information box, as shown below, that describes how it’s formatted.

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