How to Make Periods Bigger on Your Word Document

You've just finished writing a paper, and you think you've got it down perfectly -- you don't need a single additional word. Problem is, your teacher is looking for half a page more text and has a strict font size requirement. One possible workaround is to bump up the size of your periods to slightly increase the size of each line. If you get caught, you'll probably end up worse off than if you'd submitted a short paper, but if you want to take the risk, Word can cut down on the busywork of replacing each period.

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A lengthy handwritten paper can appear tiny once typed out.
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Click "Replace" in the Editing section of the Home tab in Word 2010 or 2013, or as a shortcut, press "Ctrl-H."

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Type a single period in the "Find What" field and type another period in the "Replace With" field.

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Click "More" and open the "Format" drop-down menu in the Replace section at the bottom of the dialog box. If this section is titled Find, place the typing cursor in the "Replace With" field to switch to the Replace section. Pick "Font" from the "Format" list.

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Choose the font size you want for your periods. To keep the periods from standing out too noticeably, move up only one size from your text. You can also type in a custom size, such as "13" for a smaller move up than jumping from 12-point type to 14-point periods.

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Click "OK" and press "Replace All" to make every period larger. Using Word's default font, Calibri, changing the periods from 12 point to 13 point adds about four lines per page.