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Hi,

In Word 2010 you could preview fonts formating before you applied them. Then to apply the preview you liked, you only had to click the selected font name.

It seems that Word 2011 can't do this. Really, I hope that this is not true because it would be a serious problem.

Could you help me? Thanks.
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Do you mean see the font as it is in the font list?

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Hi,

I mean that when I'm writing with Word 2010 and I don't know what font suits better, I can go to the menu and only moving the pointer over the list of font names the text selected changes. That was very useful.

Now, with Word 2011, the text doesn't changes and it is a terrible waste of time to have to click each time on each font.

I don't know if I explained it correctly.
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I honestly don't remember ever seeing that in Word 2010 (my PC with Office 2010 is at my work place) but I'll test it Monday to see what you're referring to. But first... do you have any third party font managers or font enhancement programs installed on your Win machine by chance?

In any event, Word 2011 (Office 2011) does not incorporate that feature. In other words it's not available.
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In this link you'll find the description of the Microsoft Office support about the feature I'm talking about.
This is refered to Word 2007, but it's the same for Word 2010.

Preview formats, fonts, and styles before you apply them
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Thanks for posting the link. As I stated above, I have Office 2010 and have never used that feature which is why I haven't noticed it was available.

However, again as stated in my previous reply, that feature is not available in Word 2011.
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Okay... help is here!
it IS available in word 2011 for mac!!
Here's what you do...

When you are in word...
go to the word drop down menu and choose "preferences"
and in the window that pops up choose "general"
and then in settings the ninth choice is:
"WYSIWYG font and style menus"
which stands for "what you see is what you get".
check the box!
Simple.
Done.
Voila!
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OK. I guess I misunderstood your original question. Yes, I have that checked off in my Word 2011 preferences. As a matter of fact, it's checked off by default. However, it's not as easy to preview the fonts and styles as you state:

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Select the text that you want to format.
On the Home tab, in the Font group:
Click the Font box down-arrow, then move the pointer over the fonts.
Click the Font Size box down arrow, then move the pointer over the font sizes.
Click the Text Highlight Color button down-arrow, then move the pointer over the highlight or fill colors.
Click the Font Color button down-arrow, then move the pointer over the font colors.
To apply the previewed formatting, click the selected font name, font size, or color.
To cancel live previewing without applying any changes, press ESC.
For more information about formatting in Word, see Formatting.


Just as easy to do it the other way which is why I don't use the above method. But if it's easy for you, by all means. Anyway, thanks for posting back and letting us know.
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sugoru:

Did you ever have any luck finding a solution? I totally understood your question and am having the same problem. I can't seem to find an explanation for this anywhere.

When you said you could do this in Word 2010, was that also on a Mac? I am beginning to question if that was a Windows 7, specific operating system feature that Word was using. I'm still fairly new to Lion, and am struggling with some of these issues.

Please let me know if you ever were able to figure out how to preview fonts before applying them. It's so helpful to do this!

Thanks!!

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Just adding my question -- I also need to know the answer to being able to preview fonts without applying them -- does anyone have new info or a solution to this?
Thanks.
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I also need to know the answer to being able to preview fonts without applying them -- does anyone have new info or a solution to this?
Did you read through the thread above your post? The answer is still the same.
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Hi,

I was just reading through this thread and seem to be experiencing the same problem mentioned. (I'm using Word 2011 on a new 2013 Macbook Pro with Mavericks). I've tried all the ideas suggested above but none of them seem to work so I was just wondering if anyone else has been able to find a solution?

Thanks for your help.
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