How to Make Periods Bigger in Microsoft Word

The punctuation marks that you include in your Microsoft Word document are a vital component in helping people read your information in the manner that you intended. But if it seems like the periods that you have used are too small, either on the screen or when you print the document, then you may be looking for a way to increase their size.

While you may have already discovered that you can go through the document, select each individual period, then change its font size, that method is slow, tedious, and a little frustrating. Fortunately there is a faster way to quickly make all of the periods in your Microsoft Word document larger by using the find and replace tool.

How to Increase the Size of Periods in Microsoft Word

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013, but will also work in most other versions of Word. Note that this change can only be done on a single document. It’s not possible to change the default size of periods for all future documents you create.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

Step 3: Click the Replace button at the far-right end of the ribbon.

click the replace button

Step 4: Type a period into the Find what field, type a period into the Replace with field (make sure to keep your mouse cursor in the Replace with field, as the font size we set below will be set based on which field that cursor is in), then click the More button at the bottom-left of the window.

enter the characters to find and replace

Step 5: Click the Format button at the bottom-left of the window, then select the Font option.

click format, then click font

Step 6: Select the desired font size for the replacement period, then click the OK button.

set the size for the larger periods

Step 7: Click the Replace All button to complete the process of making all of the periods in your document larger.

how to make periods bigger in microsoft word

Note that adjusting the font size in this manner will also increase the size of each line of text in the document. Word adjusts document spacing based on font size and, even though the periods are likely smaller than the letters, Word will still set line spacing as if all of the text in your document uses the font size you chose for the periods.

Does your document have a lot of weird formatting that is taking forever to remove manually? Find out how to clear all text formatting in Word and quickly restore your document text to its default state.

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