Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

Fonts help your documents pop and stand out and can be easier to read, Office 2010 helps you take your fonts to the next level with support for OpenType ligatures and stylistic sets. This week we will look at how you can play with Advanced Font typography features in Word but it works in most of Office (makes your writing pretty)

Office 2010 includes the new font Gabriola, which includes an incredible number of beautiful stylistic sets and ligatures, and Office 2010 including support for OpenType ligatures, stylistic sets, number forms, contextual alternative characters, and more.  These features are available in Word, Outlook, and Publisher 2010, and work the same on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Windows has several OpenType fonts this are Calibri, Cambria, Constantia, and Corbel all include multiple number forms, while Consolas, Palatino Linotype, and Gabriola are just on Windows 7 only

Using the new advanced typography in Word 2010

Heres how you do it, open a new document, select an OpenType font, type in some text (in this case I am using the =rand(1) to generate a paragraph of random text to show you).  Click the arrow on the bottom of the Font section of the ribbon to open the font properties.

Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

Now go to the advanced tab to see the OpenType features.

Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

You can change the ligatures setting (printing a character or piece of type that consists of two or more letters joined together, e.g. ‘æ’)

Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

Choose Proportional or Tabular number spacing…

Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

And even select Lining or Old-style number forms.

Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

Here’s a comparison of Lining and Old-style  for numbers in Word 2010 with the Calibri font notice the difference in number layout.

Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

You can now choose various Stylistic sets for your font.  The dialog box will always show 20 styles, but most include only 1 or 2, Gabriola has 6 of them. I have used the Gabriola font with Stylistic set 6 and the random text I used earlier

Using the Advanced Font typography in Office

 

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