Word 2010 Videos - Mini Toolbar

Some font commands are the kind of commands that you'll use over and over again. For this reason, Microsoft have put the most commonly used commands on the Mini Toolbar. The Mini Toolbar magically appears when you select some text and presents those font options close to the text so you don't have to navigate the ribbon to find them. The idea is that the Mini Toolbar is small and unobtrusive so it won't get in the way if you don't need it.

Let's summon the Mini Toolbar by selecting some text. And when I release the mouse you can just about see the toolbar faintly, and, as we move the cursor towards it you'll find that it solidifies. Moving the cursor away and it fades out again. So, let's bold this text.

Let's select some different text now. And there's the Mini Toolbar. But you'll find that when you move the cursor completely away, then Word thinks that you're not interested in using the Mini Toolbar, and even if you bring the cursor back the toolbar doesn't reappear. Well, you can get it back by right clicking on the selected text. And there it is again. So, let's italicise that text by clicking the italic button. And the Mini Toolbar remains in place so that, if you want, you can use some more font commands.

Let's just have a look at some of the font options on offer in the Mini Toolbar. We can change the font. We can change the font size to a specific size. We can increase or decrease the font. We can decrease the indent, or increase the indent. Bold, italic, underline. We can centre the text. We can add some text highlighting. We can change the colour of the text, and we can even use the format painter.

If you find the Mini Toolbar a nuisance, you can actually turn it off, but you'll need to go into Word Options to do that. There'll be a whole tutorial devoted to Word Options in Word 2010, so stay tuned for that one!

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