Questions about MS Word for Mac from new Mac user

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by otansey, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. otansey macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2007
    I have just bought a MacBook, and have installed MS Office. I have two questions about MS Word that I'd appreciate any advice on.

    First, when I type in 12pt font with zoom set at 100%, the text on the Mac's screen is significantly smaller than I am used to with a PC - it only looks similar when I zoom to 125%. As I have a PC at my office, I'll be moving between the two operating systems quite regularly, and would prefer not to have to constantly resize my Word docs. Is there a way I can enlarge MS Word on the Mac, or at least set it so that it always displays docs at 125% zoom, so I don't have to re-size them all individually? I have looked, but can't find a master zoom setting like this.

    Second, and maybe slightly related - the toolbars in Word on Mac just go about 60% across the top of the screen, and there are several icons 'off the end' that are only shown when I click the little arrow at the end. I have tried to extend the toolbars by clicking the bottom corner and dragging, but they only drag as far at that 60% mark. Is there any way I can get the toolbar to stretch out longer and display all the icons that it includes? It seems like an unnecessary restriction when there is so much free screen space on the right hand side of the screen.

    Overall, I'm finding MS Word on the Mac to be a little too compact. Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    I think it has to do with the different resolution of your monitors between the Mac and PC. The Mac has a higher resolution thats why the font appear smaller?

    As for the menus, click on the arrow in the end > customize Toolbars/menus> command tab, choose the toolbar you want to customize and drag the tool/menu to the toolbar.
  3. chatoyer macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    Te Wai Pounamu, New Zealand
    I feel your pain. I had this problem a month ago after driving myself crazy since buying my Macbook (after 10 years of Windows) in late November.

    Hold down the control and command keys while using the scroll wheel. It zooms. I use it all the time now.
  4. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    open word.

    resize/rezoom the new document that appears to your liking.

    then quit word.

    From now on, new documents should open with those settings.
  5. citizenj macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2011
    MS word for mac font changed unexpectedly

    Sorry if I didn't start a new thread. Could not find that button.

    Question- I highlighted one word in a document to change the font and size, but it changed the font and size of the whole document. Anyone know why?
    Many thanks.
  6. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
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