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Setting decimal font sizes in WordPerfect

Note

WordPerfect menu choices refer to the <WordPerfect> menu. (Right-click on WordPerfect's top menu bar for a choice of menus.)

If you use a <Microsoft Word> menu, the choices might be absent from your menu (but not from the program), or they might be found under another menu selection.

If the menu choices or toolbars discussed on this site seem to be missing from your program, see here.

You can use decimal font sizes in WordPerfect -- 11.5 point, 12.7 point, etc. -- and even font sizes larger than 72 points. There are two ways to do it:

Method A. From the Text property bar in your document:

For such fractional font sizes, click inside the font size field, type the desired decimal size (in tenths of a point), then press <Enter>. (You must press <Enter> and not use <Tab> or mouse-click out of this field; if you do, the setting won't "stick.")

Be aware that if you are working inside a Styles Editor (Format, Styles) this method might not work; see Note below for a solution. (For more on styles see here.)

Method B. From the Format, Font, Size submenu in your document:

Click inside the font size field, type the desired decimal size. Here, you can use <Enter> or just click on the OK button.

Related tip:

For larger font sizes (up to 1199 points), click inside the font size field, type the larger font size, and press <Enter>.

Note:

If you are working inside a Styles Editor dialog, such as when modifying the initial style at the top of the document (perhaps to set the default template's style) or some other style such as a footnote style, you might find that using the dialog's property bar's font size field to set a decimal size does not work.

Solution:

With the Styles Editor dialog open, use the Format, Font submenu at the top of the Styles Editor (not at the top of the main WordPerfect wiindow) to set fractional font sizes.

Using the property bar in that Styles Editor dialog for whole number font sizes -- or other formatting available on that bar -- works as you would expect. It is just fractional font sizes that should be entered via the dialog's menu, not via the property bar.

In the main document, however, you can use the text property bar's font field to set a decimal size. Again, just be sure to confirm the newly entered size (i.e., the size you type into the font field) by pressing <Enter> in that font field. If you <Tab> or mouse-click out of that filed, the new size won't "stick." (Format, Styles) this method might not work; see Note below for a solution. (For more on styles see