Like the Standard toolbar, the Formatting toolbar is set by default to appear any time you open Word. It is usually docked below the menu bar, to the right of the Standard toolbar. If the monitor you are using is small and screen space is at a premium, it makes sense to deactivate this toolbar by right clicking on it and deselecting it from the list, as the commands are not as essential as those on the Standard toolbar. This is not to say the commands are unimportant: They will help you produce professional quality documents that are easy to read. If you do decide to turn deactivate it, it is a good idea to learn the shortcut keys for the commands first. Depending on which version of Word you are using and the customization that you or another user has done to the toolbars, the buttons that appear may vary.
The first set of buttons on the formatting toolbar control the font and styles. For someone starting out in word, styles might be somewhat confusing. For an experienced user, however, they will make formatting much easier and make it easier for you to navigate through your document both on the printed page and on the computer screen.
Styles and Formatting: Activates the Styles and Formatting task pane.
Style: Applies a sytle to a selection in the document.
Font: Changes the font.
Font Size: Changes the size of the font.
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