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How to change the character spacing in Microsoft Word

Are you searching for a more subtle way to make a heading or paragraph stand out, without using bold or enlarged text?

Expanding the characters may be the perfect solution for you.

Changing the spacing between the characters will make your text look bigger and bolder without actually increasing their size.

Alternatively, condensing the text will compress your text to fit into a smaller space. If you are trying to find a way to make your text fit on a single page, without reducing the text size to an un-readable size 8 font, reducing the space between the characters may be the solution you have been searching for.

Maybe you just want to reduce or expand the spacing between your characters to make your Word document more aesthetically pleasing.

Whatever your reason is for trying to change the spacing between your text characters in Word, in this post, we will show you how!

Changing the line spacing between letters in Microsoft Word

  1. Open your Word Document
  2. Highlight the text you want to change the spacing between
  3. Right-click on your highlighted text
  4. Click Font
  1. Under Font, find and click Advanced
  1. Click Spacing
  2. Select Expanded to increase the spacing between your characters, or Condensed to reduce the size of the spacing between your characters
  1. Press OK

You have now successfully adjusted the spacing between each character selected.

If you would like to expand or condense the spacing throughout your entire Microsoft Word document you can do so by highlighting the full text body and following the steps above.

Searching for a Better Way to Manage Version Control?

We’ve all been there when you are looking for the most recent version of a particular document to send onto your boss, client or team members and just can’t find it anywhere.

I swear it was saved in the client folder last week, but since then John from Legal has taken a look, made some changes and moved the file. Leaving you with 25 different versions in your folder, but a sneaking suspicion that presentation_updated_v5final_UPDATED still isn’t the most recent one.

With no easy way to name files and everyone on the team taking a different approach version control is a problem almost all of us face.

It makes sense to use the _v1 addition on the end of a document, adding the next subsequent number next to the _v but then someone adds the word _final on the end. Honestly thinking this is the final version before another team member makes some more edits leaving you with something along the lines of _v8_final_v4 and the list goes on…

Do you think this is a frustration we have faced since the start of time?

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Wonder no more, because it is not a frustration of your future.

With more than enough of us facing the same version control frustrations, the amazing team at Simul Docs decided to create a simple and perfect (we might be biased, but it’s pretty damn perfect) solution to version control in Microsoft Word.

Version Control and Collaboration for Microsoft Word | Simul Docs

Simul Docs manages version control for you.

When a document is created, or edited with Simul, the purpose-built tool will automatically take over your version control. A new document is created and given the version number 0.0.1, that’s easy.

Then one of your colleagues open the document, make a few changes and press save, this version automatically becomes version 0.0.2 without your colleague even thinking about a file name or where it needs to be saved.

Simul takes care of your storage as well.

Each new version is neatly stored in the file’s version list, visible to any co-authors, making it easy for you to refer back to an old version anytime, or at a glance see who made edits each version and when they were done.

So, with Simul you can rest easy knowing your version control is under control and all of your documents are neatly stored away together, no matter who edits them opens them or requests to make a change.

Simul has you covered when it comes to version control, so why not try it out?

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