Microsoft Word includes a lot of options that let you customize the way your text looks. Whether you want to make small caps in Word, or italicize your text, Word makes it possible to do so. When you are making certain types of documents with Microsoft Word, you might feel like your design choices are being limited by the seemingly small “maximum” font size of 72pt. However, this isn’t the actual maximum size of text that you can use in your document, it is merely the smallest listed size.
It may not seem like it, but the field that is displaying the font size is something into which you can type a value. This allows you to use any font size that you want (with a value between 0 and 1638) for your document purposes. So you can go bigger than the 72 pt font size that is listed in Word 2013. You can also use the same technique if you want to go lower than 8 pt font sizes, too.
How to Go Bigger than 72 pt Fonts in Word 2013
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013. The result of completing these steps is that text in your document can use a bigger font size than the 72 that is available from the dropdown menu. You are able to use larger font size up to a max of 1638 pt.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Select the text for which you want to increase the font size. If you haven’t added the text yet you can skip this step.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click inside the Font Size field in the Font section of the ribbon, delete the current value, enter your new font size, then press Enter on your keyboard.
Note that this can make your text very large. If you attempt to enter a font size greater than 1638 you will get an error notification.
You can use a similar technique to make very large text in Photoshop, too. It can be very helpful with high-definition images where the 72 pt listed maximum is way too small.
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