Over the years I’ve run into a couple of different keyboard shortcuts for changing font size and I thought it might be of interest to my readers who love a good keyboard shortcut.

To be exact, I have two different sets of key combinations for increasing and decreasing font size.

You may ask, why not just use the mouse and click on the font menu to change? Some folks only have trackpads on their laptops, which can be a monster to control sometimes. Other prefer the precision of a keyboard.

And it never hurts to know a new trick.

This first set will increase or decrease font by the increments listed in the font size list on the toolbar.

  • Ctrl + Shift + > which will increase font to the next size in the drop-down list.
  • Ctrl + Shift + < which will decrease font to the previous size in the drop-down list..

Another set of key combinations will increase or decrease font size one point at a time.

  • Ctrl + [ will decrease font size by one point.
  • Ctrl + ] will increase font size by one point.

This is one of those things that can be used by carefully pressing the keys one increment at a time or you could just “go crazy” and hold the keys down letting the font size rapidly change until your desired size.

Also, I should mention that you can use this to set font size before you start typing or on text you’ve already typed and highlighted.

Combine this with keyboard highlighting (using the shift key with directional keys like the arrows) and you’ve got some quick and easy mouse-less font sizing right at your fingertips.