How to Stretch Text in Microsoft Word

Written by craig witt
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Microsoft Word gives you the ability to create many types of print-formatted documents, including letters, resumes, forms, brochures, envelopes and labels. The program includes a host of text formatting options that allow you to quickly change type faces, colours, line spacing and paragraph alignment. Word also offers a text stretching option, but people often fail to find it because it does not appear on any of the main menu bars. Once you know where to look, however, stretching a block of text in your Word document becomes a quick task.

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  1. 1

    Highlight within Microsoft Word the section of text you want stretched.

  2. 2

    Select the "Home" tab, located near the top-left corner of the program window.

  3. 3

    Click the double-headed arrow located at the bottom-right corner of the "Font" section within the resulting menu bar.

  4. 4

    Select the "Advanced" tab located at the top of the Font dialogue box if you use Word 2010. In Word 2007, select the "Character Spacing" tab instead.

  5. 5

    Enter the amount you want Word to stretch the text, as a percentage value (e.g., "150%"), within the "Scale" field.

  6. 6

    Click "OK" to confirm the change. The section of text you highlighted in Step 1 is stretched immediately.

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