Tech Tuesday: Formatting Fairy Series, Part 2

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 


This article is part of a multi-part visit from the Formatting Fairy.  Read on to see how to exorcise those Formatting Demons.  Comment and tell us about your Formatting Demons.

Before we go much further with formatting, you must understand that there are two types.

  • Character Formatting – This kind of formatting applies to whichever characters you select.  You don’t have to apply the formatting to a whole paragraph or even a whole word.  Examples include Bold and Underline.
  • Paragraph Formatting – On the other hand, paragraph formatting applies to an entire paragraph.  You can’t just apply it to one part.  For example, you can center a whole paragraph, but not a single word.  You can also set line spacing, but it must be consistent for a whole paragraph. As a point of note, a paragraph may sometimes be a single line.  Any time you press Enter, you are beginning a new paragraph.

When applying any type of character formatting, you must select the characters to which you wish to apply it.  Paragraph formatting simply requires that your cursor is in the paragraph to receive the formatting.


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