Dialog box & Launchers in Microsoft Word

In this article, you’ll be learning about dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word and how to use them effectively.

What is a Dialog box launcher?

A dialog box launcher is an iconic arrow that activates various options in the ribbon menu of Microsoft Office products. The dialog box launcher brings up different options depending on the group being used. Clicking on the icon opens a dialog box related to the choices in the menu group.

Dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, users may add a launcher for a dialog box to any group of menu options in the ribbon menu.

Examples of groups with a dialog box launcher include:

  • The Font and Paragraph groups on the Home tab.
  • The Charts group, on the Insert tab.

Let’s discuss the font dialog box launcher in detail.

Where is the Font Dialog Box launcher in Word?

The font dialog box launcher is a small downward-pointing arrow located in the bottom right corner of individual groups or boxes on the ribbon.

Components of Dialog Box Launcher

The font dialog box contains,

  • Fonts
  • Font styles
  • Font size
  • Underlines
  • Effects and some advance feature.

Look at the picture below to get a clear view on the components.

Dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word

How to change the options in font dialog box launcher?

  • On the Home tab, click on the Font Dialog Box Launcher from within the Font group.
  • Use the Ctrl+D keyboard shortcut to quickly summon the Font dialog box.
  • Select the options you want to change, such as the Font, Font style, and Size.
Dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word
  • The best benefit of the Font dialog box is its Preview window, at the bottom.
Dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word
  • Click the Font dialog box’s Text Effects button to access interesting text attributes such as Shadow, Outline, Emboss, and Engrave.
  • Post the changes, on the bottom left side of the Font window, click on the Set As Default button.
Dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word
  • You will then be presented with a prompt to confirm this change. Select All documents based on the Normal template, then click OK.
  • Click OK to apply your changes.

The changes made will be effective on the document.

Dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word
  • The Font dialog box’s advanced tab hosts options for changing the size and position of text on a line.
Dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word

By the same process, you can alter or launch any of the dialog box launcher in Microsoft Word.